A ‘National symposium on Geogenic contamination of groundwater: its impact & mitigation strategies (GCG-2016)’ was held on 22nd April 2016 at the TU campus.
The symposium provided a platform for professionals and researchers involved in the study of geogenic contamination of groundwater resources to impart the knowledge on recent research on various geogenic contamination, risk assessment, public health issues, their control mechanism, technology advancement for mitigation and exchange of knowledge on various policy and governance issues regarding the subject.
This symposium also provided a common stage for researchers, social scientists, economists, community and stakeholders to showcase the recent research and development and mitigations options. The symposium comprised of expert talks, poster presentation by research scholars and roundtable brainstorming session with all the experts.
Groundwater drawn by millions of handpumps in South and South East Asia, pose serious health problems due to elevated concentration of arsenic, fluoride, selenium nitrate and other geogenic contaminants.
Today, perhaps 100 million people in South and South-East Asia are drinking water with arsenic concentrations up to 100 times the World Health Organization guideline. This symposium anticipates in addressing the need of tens of millions of rural inhabitants across India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Cambodia, China, Myanmar and Vietnam who rely on shallow wells as their main source of drinking water.
The symposium covered all the aspect of geogenic contaminants ranging from its distribution, source, public health implications and mitigation options by contaminants removal technologies and community based measures to reduce the poisoning.