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Arsenic in Drinking Water: Is 10 μg/L a Safe Limit?


“Arsenic (As) is a naturally occurring element in the Earth’s crust. Both anthropogenic and natural processes can release As into sources for drinking water supply. A substantial epidemiological evidence is available to support that the chronic exposure to high concentrations in drinking water (> 10 μg/L) is associated with several detrimental effects on human health including skin lesions [1] and cancer of the lung [2], bladder [3], kidney [4], and liver [4]. Furthermore, dermatological, developmental, neurological [5], respiratory [6], cardiovascular [7], immunological [8], and endocrine effects [9] as a result of chronic exposure to high As concentrations have been reported. However, there remains considerable uncertainty on the chronic risks due to As exposure at low concentrations (< 10 μg/L) and the shape of the dose-response relationship [10, 11]. It is therefore crucial to question whether the 10 μg/L limit ensures protection of human health from the adverse health effects of As." (Citaat: Ahmad, A., Bhattacharya, P. - Arsenic in Drinking Water: Is 10 μg/L a Safe Limit? - Current Pollution Reports 5(2019)1 - doi:10.1007/s40726-019-0102-7 - Open Access)

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