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African Journal of Biomedical Research
Ibadan Biomedical Communications Group
ISSN: 1119-5096
Vol. 7, No. 1, 2004, pp. 5-8
Bioline Code: md04002
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Biomedical Research, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2004, pp. 5-8

 en AN ASSESMENT OF THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS OF SATCHET WATER N IBADAN NIGERIA: A PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGE
ADEKUNLE L.V, SRIDHAR MKC, AJAYI A.A, OLUWADE P.A, OLAWUYI J.F

Abstract

The inadequacy of pipe borne water in Ibadan Metropolis is almost endemic. This inadequacy is both in quantity and quality of the public water supply. As an alternative to the water supply, small scale industrial concerns came up with 'PURE WATER': 0.5Litre water in nylon sachets, which are electrically heated, sealed at both ends and widely patronized by both low and middle class Nigerians. The objective of the study was to find out the quality of such pure water. Stratified, simple random sampling procedures were used to select 78 samples from 20 brands of sachet water from important hawkers/vendors. The samples were subjected to physical, chemical and bacteriological analysis. For chemical analysis, Hanna's 100 spectrophotometer plus chemical reagents were used. The water samples were assessed for coliform and other intestinal bacteria using MKC cowkery broth (MM) and Brilliant Green Bile Broth (BGBB). Multiple tube method was employed. The result showed that the physical parameters were within W.H.O limits for drinking water quality guidelines except for pH which ranged from 6.6 - 9.7. Some chemical parameters were also within the W.H.O guideline values. However; aluminum which concentration ranged from 0.00 - 0.34 mg/l, fluoride concentration ranged from 0.01 - 1.87 mg/I and cyanide concentration ranged from 0.000 - 0175 were not. Bacteriological analysis, showed that five (5) or 6.4% of the samples tested fielded bacterial growth. Bacteria produced included: Klebsiella sp., Streptococcus faecalis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The enforcement of the regulation guiding water quality before the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) to comply with the drinking water qualities guideline values as recommended by W.H.O, becomes urgent.

Keywords
Water quality, Bacteria, Sachet water, Socio economic class Water supply

 
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