Pyrex Journal of Research in Environmental Studies (PJRES)

January 2016 Vol. 3(1), pp. 001-006

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Original Research Paper


Physical and Microbiological Quality of Drinking Water Sources in Gwafan Community, Plateau State, Nigeria


CA Miner*, AP Dakhin, AI Zoakah, M Zaman and J Bimba

Department of Community Medicine, University of Jos, P.M.B. 2084, Jos, Nigeria.

Corresponding Author E-mail: chundungminer@yahoo.com

Accepted 1st January, 2016



Abstract


Access to safe drinking water remains a target for many developing countries with an ever expanding population. This study aimed to identify drinking water sources in a community of Jos North and determine certain physical and microbiological quality. A total of 3 boreholes and 65 wells were identified in the community. Physical parameters showed that 19 water sources had low pH values and 63 of the wells had higher turbidity values. Color and odor were not detectable in any of the samples. Coliforms were detected in 2 boreholes and 30 of the wells examined. Organisms that were isolated included Citrobacter sp., Enterobacter sp., Escherichia sp., Klebsiella sp., and Serratia sp. Disinfection of drinking water was recommended to the members of this community.

Keywords: Drinking water, sources, physical quality, microbiological quality, Plateau.

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