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[Editorial] Bangladesh’s rural water scandal

Arsenic occurs naturally underground in parts of Bangladesh, and its contamination of rural water supplies first came to public attention more than two decades ago. Since then, the Bangladesh Government supported by donor agencies (including UNICEF and the World Bank) have collaborated to mitigate a growing water contamination crisis, with a focus on the installation of thousands of deep tube wells that source water from below shallower levels where traces of arsenic are often found.