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|Title: ||Drinking water quality and source reliability in rural Ashanti region, Ghana|
|Authors: ||Arnold, Meghan|
VanDerslice, James A.
Crookston, Benjamin T.
|Keywords: ||| bacteriological quality|
community-based participatory research
|Issue Date: ||2013|
|Publisher: ||Journal of Water and Health|
|Citation: ||Journal of Water and Health, Vol. 11 No. 1 pp 161- 172|
|Abstract: ||Site-specific information about locai water sources is an important part of a community-driven effort
to improve environmentai conditions. The purpose of this assessment was to gather this information
for residents of rurai viiiages in Ghana. Sanitary surveys and bacteriological testing for total coiiforms
and Escherichia coli (EC) using Colilert® were conducted at nearly 80 water sources serving eight
villages. A focus group was carried out to assess the desirability and perceived quality of water
sources. Standpipes accounted for almost half of the available water sources; however, a third of
them were not functioning at the time of the survey. EC bacteria were found in the majority of
shallow wells (80%), rivers (67%), and standpipes (61%), as well as 28% of dug wells. Boreholes were
free of EC. Residents felt that the standpipes and boreholes produced safe drinking water.
Intermittent service and poor water quality from the piped supply has led to limited access to
drinking water. The perception of residents, that the water from standpipes is clean and does not
need to be treated at home, is particularly troubling in light of the poor bacterioiogical quality of
water from the standpipes.|
|Description: ||Journal of Water and Health, Vol. 11 No. 1 pp 161- 172|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Health Sciences|
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