Drinking water quality deterioration in households of students with high illness absenteeism

Tambekar, D.H; Shirsat, S.D. and Bhadange, D.G (2011) Drinking water quality deterioration in households of students with high illness absenteeism. Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, 10 (2). ISSN 0972-5997

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Abstract

Objective: School and household lacked safe drinking water and thus school absenteeism rates were high among students with poor water quality. So we assessed fecal contamination of drinking water in households of students with high illness absenteeism and evaluate the factors for non-potability. Method: Drinking water samples (100) were collected from household water container of 50 students for fecal contamination. Results: A total of 40 (80%) family’s water was potable before use, out of which 40% became non-potable after use. Factors responsible for reduction in potability were water withdrawal without handwashing up to (56%), poor domestic hygiene (56%), dipping hands in water (55%), placing water dipper on lid (52%) and no washing of container (0%). Socio-economic condition also had impact on water potability. Conclusion: Water quality deterioration occurs by multiple factors like improper storage, unhygienic habits of water handling and circumstances. Results focused on the need for further protocols for safe and hygienic storage of water.

EPrint Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Household water quality; fecal contamination; Storage-handling; Hygiene; Illness absenteeism, Students
Subjects:Environment and Public Health > Public Health > Environmental Pollution
-Journal Repositories > Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
Persons > Students
Education > Students
Disorders of Environmental Origin > Poisoning > Water Intoxication
Inorganic Chemicals > Hydroxides > Water
Immunologic Diseases > Hypersensitivity > Environmental Illness
ID Code:3805
Deposited By:Dr Srinivas Kakkilaya
Deposited On:21 August 2012

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