Domestic drinking water in rural areas : are water tanks on farms a health hazard?

Verrinder, Glenda and Keleher, Helen 2001, Domestic drinking water in rural areas : are water tanks on farms a health hazard?, Environmental health, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 51-56.

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Title Domestic drinking water in rural areas : are water tanks on farms a health hazard?
Author(s) Verrinder, Glenda
Keleher, Helen
Journal name Environmental health
Volume number 1
Issue number 3
Start page 51
End page 56
Publisher Australian Institute of Environmental Health
Place of publication Hawthorn, Vic.
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1444-5212
Keyword(s) public health
rural health
water quality
rainwater tanks
private water supplies
drinking water -- contamination
drinking water -- analysis
water -- microbiology
water-supply -- Australia
Escherichia coli.
Summary The aim of the research was to gain a better understanding of the relationship between drinking water quality, householders' knowledge and maintenance practices of private water supplies and drinking water-related public health risk on farms. Samples of drinking water were taken from 100 farming households. The Colilert-18 method was used for the detection of total coliforms and Escherichia coli (E. coli) as indicators of water quality. Each household completed a questionnaire about their knowledge and practices relating to a safe water supply. Coliforms were present in 52 water samples and E. coli was present in 38. Seven households reported minor illnesses in the previous three months and two households reported gastroenteritis. Some tank maintenance occurred in 86 households, but tank maintenance activities varied considerably. Four of the households had published guidelines on water quality. None of the participating households had their drinking water tested regularly. There was no obvious relationship between drinking water quality, householder knowledge, maintenance practices and drinking water-related health risk on farms.
Language eng
Field of Research 060599 Microbiology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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