Arsenic is believed to cause several diseases such as bone deformation, skin ailments, cancer of the intestines, kidneys and bladder as well as gangrene. Arsenic can also contaminate standing crops if it is present in the soil and soil water.Persons suffering from arsenicosis do not respond to known treatment procedures.
We Need a Nation Wide Campaign on "Safe Drinking Water And Sanitation" .
which help them in getting there basic rights.
According to the established guidelines, drinking water having more than 10 parts per billion (ppb) arsenic content increases mortality rates since arsenic is a bio-accumulative toxin.
Nearly 50 crore people are estimated to be at risk across Utttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Bangladesh due to high arsenic content in drinking water. High intake of arsenic along with malnourishment and lack of medical care worsens the life of people, especially children, in the arsenic-affected regions.
Recently ,(BITS) in Pilani have developed a new bio-sensor device to detect arsenic content in drinking water. presently it is going under field testing ,we hope in future it will be useful for million of people
The water to be tested is put in the gadget’s cuvette, which contains genetically modified bacteria. Upon reacting with arsenic, the bacteria emit green light that is detected by an electronic sensor, which in turn gives signals to show arsenic concentration. Red signals denote high arsenic content, yellow indicates medium arsenic, while green confirms that the water is arsenic-free.