A Preliminary Study of Water Quality in Rural Belize

Ake, Josue and Waight, karen and Romero, Joselyn and Thiagarajan, Thippi (2015) A Preliminary Study of Water Quality in Rural Belize. African Journal of Microbiology Research, 5 (2). pp. 41-45.

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    A preliminary study was conducted to analyze the water quality of creek waters used by villagers in the Cayo district of Belize. Three sites on water bodies that are used by the residents of St. Margaret village for various domestic purposes were chosen. Various physical, chemical and microbiological parameters were analyzed by using standard water quality measurements and compared for the wet and dry seasons. The results indicate that the pH was high during dry season especially in the month of April. The phosphate levels were high during the wet season in almost all the sites studied. Dissolved oxygen levels were high during March and April, but were generally low during the wet season. The fecal coliform levels were alarmingly high during the month of October. Further analysis for the presence of other indicator organisms such as Salmonella and Shigella revealed that these enteric pathogens were generally present in the creek waters around the St. Margaret village. The results from this study suggested that the water bodies are not safe for human consumption especially during rainy season.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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      Unique ID or DOI: 10.5923/j.microbiology.20150502.01
      Publisher: Academic Publishers
      Keywords: Watershed, Water Quality, Microbial Indicators, Rural Belize
      Subjects: (E) Hydrology
      (F) People and the Environment > (FA) Environmental Health
      (G) Pollution > (GC) Water
      Publication Sources: (1) Environmental Research Institute
      Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2018 15:29
      Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 15:29
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1734

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