Studies on bacteriological quality of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene practices in Indian schools and colleges

Publication Date : 01/04/2017

DOI : 10.22623/IJAPSA.2017.3012.5M1MB

Author(s) :

Tambekar DH , Dhote SV , Aankar RM.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 3
Issue 3
(04 - 2017)

Abstract :

The supply of contaminated drinking water in schools and colleges, affects the student’s health and indirectly their education. Thus the regular monitoring of drinking water is an essential step in ensuring the safe drinking water in schools and colleges. In this study total of 130 drinking water samples from 97 schools and colleges were examined for its potability. Based on rapid field test 32 (25%) drinking water samples were found to be non potable and 98 (75%) were potable and thermotolerant/fecal coliform was identified in the 03(2%). The drinking water in 15 (21%) school and 12 (44%) colleges was found non-potable. The study indicated that poor water hygienic behaviors such as improper method of water collection, storage, handling, serving and bad hygienic condition of the school and college deteriorates the quality of drinking water which can be improved by imparting hygiene behavior and awareness in schools and colleges. The study suggests that the schools and college drinking water can be protected by proper cleaning of storage tanks and containers, by using proper filtration techniques and maintaining the hygienic conditions in and around water places

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