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ISRN Environmental Chemistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 930207, 12 pages
Research Article

Assessment of Heavy Metals Concentration in Arsenic Contaminated Groundwater of the Chaco Plain, Argentina

1Departamento Química Analítica, Universidad Nacional del Chaco Austral, Comandante Fernández 755, Presidencia Roque Sáenz Peña H3700LGO, Chaco, Argentina
2Área Química General, Departamento de Químico Física, Facultad de Ciencias Bioquímicas y Farmacéuticas, Instituto de Química Rosario (IQUIR), CONICET—Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Suipacha 531, Rosario S2002LRK, Argentina
3Gerencia Química, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Avenida General Paz 1499, San Martín B1650KNA, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Received 16 July 2013; Accepted 19 August 2013

Academic Editors: J. A. Jönsson, I. A. Katsoyiannis, and S. K. Kurunthachalam

Copyright © 2013 M. Cecilia Giménez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The occurrence and distribution of arsenic and 23 other trace elements have been investigated in groundwater from Comandante Fernández Department in the Central region of Chaco Province, Northern Argentine. The arsenic concentrations samples ranged between 0.7 to 1990 µg L−1; 91% ( ) exceeds the 10 µg L−1 World Health Organization (WHO) provisional standard limits for drinking water. Fluorine was detected in 31% of groundwater samples. Furthermore, there was found a significant correlation between As and F ( ), indicating an association in the prevalence of both elements. In addition, about 78%, 31%, 16%, 13%, and 4.5% of groundwater samples had, respectively, B, Fe, Al, Mn, and Sb exceeding Código Alimentario Argentino (CAA) guideline values. In contrast of the previously values descript, the corresponding to Cr, Be, Ni, Pb, Ag, Se, and Zn were found below the quantification limit. The presence of As and trace elements in groundwater represents an important issue because it can cause a public health problem.