1 Federal University of Technology, Akure

2 Federal University of Technology Akure



Access to safe water is a significant challenge in many communities in developing countries like Nigeria. This study examines the bacteriological quality of a primary water source in the Aba-Oyo Community in Akure, Ondo State. The community relies on a poorly managed well as its main source of water supply. The objective was to evaluate bacterial contamination and assess the water quality to determine its suitability for drinking. The research follows a cross-sectional design, combining quantitative and qualitative methods. Water samples were collected and analyzed using microbiological testing techniques to estimate bacteria concentration and dominant species. Key Informant Interviews were employed to provide insights into the water practices and prevalent diseases in the community. Results show high bacterial contamination, exceeding permissible limits, including coliform bacteria. Notably, Escherichia coli is absent. Various health-significant bacterial and fungal species were identified in the water samples. The Findings inform interventions for safe drinking water in Aba-Oyo and similar communities, contributing to the existing knowledge on water quality and public health in Nigeria. The study highlights the urgent need for improved water supply infrastructure, promotion of household water treatment options and safe sanitation practices in peri-urban areas of Nigeria.



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