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Bacterial Contamination of Drinking Water in Guadalajara, Mexico

Version 1 : Received: 3 December 2018 / Approved: 4 December 2018 / Online: 4 December 2018 (09:50:31 CET)

How to cite: Rubino, F.; Corona, Y.; Jiménez Pérez, J.G.; Smith, C. Bacterial Contamination of Drinking Water in Guadalajara, Mexico. Preprints 2018, 2018120053 Rubino, F.; Corona, Y.; Jiménez Pérez, J.G.; Smith, C. Bacterial Contamination of Drinking Water in Guadalajara, Mexico. Preprints 2018, 2018120053

Abstract

In many regions where drinking water supply is intermittent and unreliable, households adapt by storing water in cisterns or rooftop tanks. Both intermittent supply and stored water can be vulnerable to contamination by microorganisms with deleterious health effects. The Guadalajara Metropolitan Area is a rapidly growing urban center with over five million residents where household storage is nearly ubiquitous. This pilot study was conducted in July 2018 to examine the microbiological quality of drinking water in Guadalajara. Samples were tested for free available chlorine residual, total coliform bacteria, and E. coli. A survey on access to water and public perspectives was also conducted. Water exiting rooftop tanks exceeded regulatory limits for total coliform levels in half of the homes studied. Piped water arriving at two homes had total coliform levels that far exceeded regulatory limits. No E. coli were detected in any of the samples. Only 35% of homes had a chlorine residual between the recommended 0.2 and 1.5 mg/L. Many homes reported unpleasant odors and colors. Only 7% of residents drank the piped water. Future studies are needed, especially during April and May when many homes reported a higher disruption to water service.

Subject Areas

Guadalajara; coliform; intermittent water supply; Colilert, tanks

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