In Hungary, more than 800,000 people still drink and mainly drink tap water with a higher arsenic content than allowed.Until the realization of municipal water-purifying investments, households can themselves decontaminate tap water, but do not. So many of us don't even know they were affected. However, according to experts, screening for arsenic in pregnant women and children under the age of 6 would be important. The Red Cross has therefore launched a program called the ArzinnStop, and distributes more than 500 special arsenic jugs to the needy at 4 million forints.
There are more than 800,000 people in Hungary with more than 300 settlements drinking and cooking with tap water with a higher arsenic content than allowed. This is a problem because long-term consumption of arsenic tap water can increase the risk of developing certain cancers. However, about 80 percent of those affected are not aware of the problem, according to an online survey conducted by the Red Cross and BWT this summer.
The government plans to carry out the required water-cleaned investments every few years within the framework of the water quality improvement program. However, during the transition period, households would be able to filter the tap water themselves. At the same time, according to one quarter of those questioned, specialty filtration can only be solved centrally by governments, while 27 percent of them believe that only very expensive equipment could be decontaminated with arsenic. However, there are table filters designed specifically for arsenic removal.