Field application of the Micro Biological Survey method for the assessment of the microbiological safety of different water sources in Tanzania

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Matteo Gionfriddo
Beatrice Nicolosi
Lorenza Murgia
Alyexandra Arienzo
Laura De Gara
Giovanni Antonini *
(*) Corresponding Author:
Giovanni Antonini | giovanni.antonini@uniroma3.it

Abstract

Access to safe water is stated within human rights as essential for life, as water can be a source of severe enteric infections threatening human health, in particular children from Developing Countries. Along with reference methods, need is pressing for alternative methods to flank reference ones to improve water safety on-site monitoring and in the absence of scientific facilities or even electricity supply. The Micro Biological Survey (MBS) method has already been successfully applied to water safety assessment in Developing Countries. A total of 18 water samples were collected from different sources (rivers, dug wells, tap water) within the Rukwa Region, Tanzania, and underwent analysis for Total Coliforms following the MBS method. Globally, rivers showed more frequently contamination, followed by dug wells, tap water and tanks. Results demonstrate the need for continuous monitoring of water sources, even in difficult frameworks lacking electric supply, to help improve control over water quality, possibly using alternative methods to simplify existing protocols.


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