Beneficial Aspects of Flood and Rain in Countries Where the Drinking Water is Naturally Contaminated with Fluoride Where Fluorosis is a Major Public Health Problem

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by Susheela Andezhath Kumaran,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water:

Abstract: Floods, although considered destructive, have beneficial aspects too. This report is about one such instance where flood waters are considered extremely beneficial in countries where drinking water scarcity exists and besides where the underground waters are heavily contaminated under normal circumstances with toxic/poisonous chemicals. India is one among the 20 nations in world that has very rich fluoride bearing minerals in the Earth.s crust, which leaches out and enhances the fluoride concentration in drinking water. A large segment of the population in India lives in rural areas where there is no organized activity for providing drinking water and the community depends upon open well, tube well, surface water, shallow tube well with handpump attachment for drawing water for consumption.

Subject Headings: Public health and safety | Water pollution | Drinking water | Floods | Fluoride | Rain water | Water shortage | Wells (water) | Developing countries | Toxicity | India | Asia

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