The health risks of consuming drinking water with elevated arsenic content of geochemical origin

Gyula Dura, Péter Rudnai, Mihály Kádár, Márta Vargha

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High concentration of naturally-occurring arsenic in groundwater poses a significant risk to human health if this water is a drinking water resource. Chronic arsenic ingestion has been linked mainly to skin cancer, and a wide variety of non-cancer health impacts. Research conducted in Hungary shows that there is an excessive risk of arsenic-related diseases in populations consuming water that exceeds the 10 microgram/liter limit value. It is therefore important to understand the significance of reduction of arsenic concentration in drinking water and the size of the exposed population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-316
Number of pages10
JournalCentral European Geology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2014



  • arsenic
  • cancer risk
  • drinking water
  • geochemistry
  • geographic occurrence
  • health effects
  • toxicology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology

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