It’s time to act.
It’s time we take up the role of being the protector of the most important things nature has gifted us: Water
Arsenic is the evil that is omnipresent in water and acts as a slow poison affecting the health of millions of people around the globe when it gets mixed with drinking water. This evil is very toxic in its inorganic form. Contaminated water used for irrigation of crops, food preparation, and drinking is absolutely lethal, as long term exposure can lead to cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and skin lesions, diabetes and other forms of health complications. For children who are exposed to this from a young age, it can affect their cognitive development and even lead to an early death.
Before we know how we can prevent drinking water from getting polluted by arsenic, let’s know more about Arsenic.
Arsenic is a natural element that is found in the earth’s soil and gets distributed through water, air, and land. It also forms as a byproduct of smelted copper, coal burning, and mining and found in industrial waste. It is lethal to humans in an inorganic form that contaminates the environment through groundwater, water bodies, and air. Arsenic is sometimes also used with other chemical substances to preserve wood and cotton. It is also used to kill pesticides of agricultural crops.
The bedrocks accumulating arsenic pollute the water in affected areas. While we cannot stop the course of nature, there are other human-associated ways of arsenic getting mixed with drinking water, which can be controlled.
Industry and agricultural waste pollutes water, and that can is controllable by means of creating enough awareness and taking preventive measures.
Naturally dissolved arsenic dissolves in drinking water from several rock formations. This usually happens when the groundwater levels are down. As mentioned previously, industrial wastes also pollute water. The severity of arsenic in both cases is high because once arsenic is in water, it stays in the environment for a long time. The arsenic that mixes up in the air gets removed after adequate rain. This rainwater which falls on the ground and surface water bodies then seeps into the soil and contaminates the groundwater
Deep wells accumulate arsenic from fertilizers used in the past or from industrial waste. This usually happens due to improper construction of well. As a precautionary measure, the well water needs to be regularly tested to make sure the water is free from arsenic.
The regular home remedies to purify water are not enough to remove arsenic present in drinking water. Boiling can make things worse for arsenic affected water. When the water is boiled, a portion of the water evaporates. This increases the concentration of arsenic in the water.
To remove arsenic from water, one can use scientific water treatment methods like reverse osmosis, distillation, ultra-filtration, distillation, or ion exchange. There are arsenic removal plants that can be installed to make drinking water arsenic-free.
RiteWater has introduced HIX Nano Arsenic Removal Plant after 15 years of ongoing research. The research was based on creating a material that will help the arsenic affected communities of India by providing them with safe drinking water. RiteWater has developed a product that is not only durable and user-friendly but also cost-effective.
HIX Nano Arsenic Removal Plant has seen positive results, where traces of harmful evils such as fluoride, nitrate, phosphate, uranium, and arsenic present in water are removed and is fit for consumption.