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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management
World Bank assisted National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) - University of Port Harcourt
ISSN: 1119-8362
Vol. 9, No. 1, 2005, pp. 135-141
Bioline Code: ja05025
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2005, pp. 135-141

 en Potability of Drinking Water in an Oil Impacted Community in Southern Nigeria
ALFRED YOUNG ITAH; COMFORT E. AKPAN

Abstract

Microbiological and physicochemical analyses of borehole water samples from Eastern Obolo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State were conducted to ascertain their potability. Seven bacterial species were isolated and identified. These included Bacillus subtilis check for this species in other resources , Enterococcus faecalis check for this species in other resources , Staphylococcus aureus check for this species in other resources , Clostridium perfringens check for this species in other resources , Pseudomonas aeruginosa check for this species in other resources , Micrococcus varians check for this species in other resources and Escherichia coli check for this species in other resources . The viable bacterial count ranged from 5.2x104cfu/ml to 15x104cfu/ml while the total coliform count of the water samples ranged from 2 cfu/100ml to 51 cfu/100ml. The most frequently occurring bacterium was Enterococcus faecalis (22%) while Escherichia coli was the least (7%). Some physicochemical parameters like iron and mercury in some boreholes did not meet World Health Organization (WHO) standard for potable water. High counts of indicator bacteria also constitute a threat to public health. @JASEM

 
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