The study of bacterial contamination of drinking water sources: A case study of Mpraeso, Ghana

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dc.contributor.author Omari, S.
dc.contributor.author Yeboah-Manu, D.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-09T12:55:06Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-09T12:55:06Z
dc.date.issued 2012-01
dc.identifier.citation S Omari, D Yeboah-Manu. The Study Of Bacterial Contamination Of Drinking Water Sources: A Case Study Of Mpraeso, Ghana. The Internet Journal of Microbiology. 2012 Volume 10 Number 1. en_US
dc.identifier.other DOI: 10.5580/2b06
dc.identifier.uri http://ugspace.ug.edu.gh/handle/123456789/26708
dc.description.abstract The study aimed at determining the presence, type, count and causes of bacterial contamination of water used for drinking and other domestic purposes in Mpraeso. Fifty-four (54) water samples (48 from 8 groundwater wells and 6 from a stream) were collected and analyzed for six months (both during the dry and raining seasons). The results showed that groundwater sources were as polluted as surface water. The detection of bacterial cells in the water sources means that some forms of treatment needed to be done before consumption. The mean count of total coliform and faecal coliform ranged from 299 - 2267 MPN colonies/100 ml water sample and 111 - 1235 MPN colonies/100 ml water sample, respectively. For the groundwater sources, the enterobacteriaceae species detected were Escherichia coli (8 wells), Enterococcus faecalis (8 wells), Klebsiella pneumoniae (6 wells), Enterobacter cloacae (5), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (3), and Proteus mirabilis (3). All these bacterial species were detected in the surface water samples. © Internet Scientific Publications, LLC., 1996 - 2013. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Internet Journal of Microbiology en_US
dc.subject Contamination en_US
dc.subject Enterobacteriaceae en_US
dc.subject Faecal coliform en_US
dc.subject Total coliform en_US
dc.title The study of bacterial contamination of drinking water sources: A case study of Mpraeso, Ghana en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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    The Bacteriology Department aims to improve the quality of life first for Ghanaians and the world at large by conducting research into bacterial diseases of public health importance to Ghana and globally. In addition to working on enteric pathogens and sexually transmitted diseases, the department’s current main focus is on the two most important mycobacterial diseases of public health importance to Ghana, namely Buruli ulcer (BU) and tuberculosis (TB).

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