Arsenic contaminates drinking water supplies in India

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for me to be shocked when I read the local newspaper each morning. This time, my interest was captured by the headline “When water turns poison in West Bengal…”

I wondered what could cause something as innocuous as water to turn into poison.

Arsenic

What surprised me most was that these reports of arsenic poisoning were not new. In fact, the first such cases of arsenic poisoning were reported in 1993 when Dr. K. C. Saha, a dermatologist from Calcutta, related the problem of skin lesions he observed to the high levels of arsenic in the drinking water.

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Kids “stop the drop” and save water

Occasionally, you come across a fresh take on a very old issue and the students from Christel House in Bangalore have certainly done just that with their music video “Stop the Drop”.

Screenshot from music video “Stop the Drop”

They rap about saving water and “by using sound effects created by splashing, dripping, pouring, and even flushing water…they have reinvented and emphasized the way human beings interact with one of our most precious resources”.

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