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A descriptive study on the quality of Cagayan de Oro consumer's tap water after the December 16, 2011 flood caused by Typhoon Sendong

Author

Gwen G. Garrido,
Ian Christian A. Gonzales,
Janice Joy G. Tan

Publication Information

Publication Type
Journal
Title
Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan Journal of Medicine
Frequency
Annual
Publication Date
January-December 2012
Volume
8
Page(s)
29-36

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The quality of Cagayan de Oro tap water after the flood caused by Typhoon Sendong was investigated in this study using the Multiple Tube Fermentation Technique for total coliforms and E. coli Most Probable Number (MPN). Out of the four selected barangays from different areas of Cagayan de Oro City, only the tap water from Barangay Balulang of the Southwest Area came out positive for total coliforms which amounted to 920 MPN. Put side to side with total coliform in 2010, the MPN is far higher post-flood. This may indicate possible fecal contamination of tap water due to the recent flood. Although this study is limited to one sampling due to time constraints, it still highly suggests that people should be wary of the potential health effects the contaminated water might cause thus, precautionary measures such as boiling of water before drinking or cooking is needed. More studies should be done to validate further the findings and to correlate it with water-related diseases so that data can be used in planning and policy-making for the possible public health effects of contaminated water.

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General objective:


To determine the tap water quality of selected areas in Cagayan de Oro City after the flood last December 2011.


 Specific Objectives



  1. To determine the level of microbiologic contamination of tap water of the following areas in Cagayan de Oro City:


a)    Northeast CDO - Barangay Gusa


b)    Northwest CDO - Barangay Iponan


c)    Southwest CDO - Barangay Balulang


d)    Southeast CDO - Barangay Macasandig


 


To compare the level of microbiologic contamination of Southwest CDO (Brgy. Balulang) post-flood with available similar data taken


 
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