At the global level, there is a complex situation related to water quality that is focused from very different approaches: the origin of pollutants, the health aspects, the water treatment at the domestic or centralized level, in rural or urban localities, amongothers.However, in the majority of cases the perspective of citizenship is forgotten, also from the decision-makers, or from those who must reach agreements and resolve conflicts between communities to have access to safe water sources. Organizations have insisted that the population must know the quality of water from its sources, the availability of other resources such as the rainwater harvest, but also that citizens must have access to environmental education and communication, know the initiatives that seek effective solutions,comprehensive, replicable and sustainable to solve these problems because the society merit have access to water of enough quality for its use and consumption. Among the pollutants most commonly found in water resources and whose origin is geological, it should be cited fluoride, arsenic and some metals; these pollutants are present in groundwater and have been impacted the quality of water throughout the world. However, people ignore this problematic and there are few strategies to address this problem from their different approaches. Thus, this session wants to offer a space for the discussion of this problem inviting not only to the presentation of works with a technical approach, but also from the social, management point of view and others.
Risks and Prospects for the Presence of Inorganic Contaminants Naturally Occurring in the Water
- water resources
- inorganic pollutants
- water quality management
- community participation
Dr. Ma. Catalina Alfaro de la Torre
Dr. Mariana Cardenas
Director of National and International Outreach at the Mexican Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt).