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International Journal of Current Research and Academic Review-e-iSSN - 2347 - 3215

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Abstract                 Volume:6  Issue-10  Year-2018          Original Research Articles

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Bacteriological and Physicochemical Quality of Swimming Pools in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Melkam Dessalegn* and Mulugeta Kibret
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
*Corresponding author

Swimming pool is a water body that has been created artificially for swimming. It has been used to do for different activities like recreational activity, sport and rehabilitative treatment. In spite of its importance to human, it has been recognized as disease transmission channel in the world. In Ethiopia, there is a scarcity of information on the microbial load of swimming pools. So, a cross-sectional study was carried out from December to February, 2012 to 2013 to assess the bacteriological and physicochemical quality of swimming pools in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. A total of 81 water samples from three swimming pools were collected and used for examination of total coliforms, fecal coliforms, heterotrophic bacteria, temperature, pH, residual chlorine and turbidity. From total of 81 pool water samples, 72% and 74% were unacceptable to WHO standard of bacteriological and physicochemical limits respectively. For total coliforms 68 (84%), for heterotrophic plate count 65 (80%), for faecal coliform 61 (75%), for turbidity 64 (79%), for pH 61 (75%) and temperature 63 (78%) were above WHO standard. Residual chlorine of all pool water samples (100%) was less than WHO standard. The result indicates that there was poor pool water treatment because majority of pool water samples were not fulfilled WHO standard. So, there is needed to implement pool safety guideline measures by responsible health authority for protection of swimmers’ health.

Keywords: Pool water, coliforms, pH, residual chlorine, swimming pool illness
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Melkam Dessalegn and Mulugeta Kibret. 2018. Bacteriological and Physicochemical Quality of Swimming Pools in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.Int.J.Curr.Res.Aca.Rev. 6(10): 51-61
doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcrar.2018.610.006