ASSESSMENT OF BACTERIOLOGICAL QUALITY OF DRINKING WATER TRANSPORT BY WATER VENDORS (DONKEY CARTS) IN KUSTI TOWN, SUDAN.
Dr. Mohamed AE.M. Ibrahim
Unsafe drinking water is one of the health problems of Sudan in general and in Kusti town in particular, where water related diseases are widely spread. This study is aimed to identify drinking water quality and its associated problems within Kusti town. Methods: Study design: it is a descriptive cross-sectional study. Study population: water samples were collected seasonally. Water quality analysis: Bacteriological analysis: Seventeen samples per season were collected randomly from water vendors totaling 51samples. Results: The main findings of the study were: The results of bacteriological analysis of samples collected seasonally from water vendors showed high coliform counts beyond WHO guidelines and Sudanese standards. Conclusion: The supplied water quality in Kusti town varied seasonally with different health impacts. Water vendors provide water to 61.80% of the study area population from the White Nile direct or from untreated water (Matrat) or from the end of network outlet and transport such water in containers of bad conditions for distances more than 1000 meter. Based on the research findings, the study suggests the followings Recommendations: Health authorities should regulate and improve the transportations means of water from treatment point to consumption areas (water vendors).Secure ample supply of chemicals necessary for water treatment. Prohibit water vendors from direct supply of raw untreated water to public.
Keywords: Unsafe drinking.
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