IJEP 41(4): 403-411 : Vol. 41 Issue. 4 (April 2021)
Midnapore College (Autonomous), Department of Botany, Midnapore – 721 301, West Bengal, India
During the survey of potability of water (2017-2019) in Keshpur block, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, it has been noted that the local inhabitants of the area regularly use pond as source of water for bathing of human and domestic animals, washing clothes, utensils, vegetables and other materials; watering livestock, also used in some cases for domestic and worship purposes too. The present work deals with the study of water quality standards by analyzing the viable coliform alongwith other water borne bacteria present in water samples collected from ten randomly chosen major community ponds of Keshpur block in Paschim Medinipur district, West Bengal. This preliminary study may provide some important information about potential public health risks associated with the use of ponds water in the highly populated area, possible source of contamination, like cow dung, vermicompost and poultry litter. In this paper, we review the bacterial composition of cattle manure, poultry litter as well as methods engaged in the control of pathogenic microbes present in manure and recommendations that need to be respected and implemented in order to prevent microbial contamination of the environment, animals and humans.
Potability, community pond water, Keshpur block, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal
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