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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 9, Issue:6, June, 2020

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2020.9(6): 4140-4148

Assessment of the Bacteriological Quality of Three Recreational Water Centres in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Austin A. Okwelle* and Nwaokugha-Douglas, Augusta
Department of Biological Sciences (Microbiology Unit) Faculty of Natural Applied Sciences, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education Rumuolumeni, P. M. B 5047, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
*Corresponding author

Due to the increasing risks of health problems arising from the use of swimming pools, the sustenance of regular monitoring has become imperative to ensure compliance to approved water quality standards and safety of the swimmers. The bacteriological qualities of three recreation water centers: Uniport swimming pool, Helena hotel swimming pool and Habitat hotel swimming pool in Port Harcourt, Rivers State was assessed. Water samples were collected from different zones in each of three swimming pools at a depth of 30cm into 200ml sterilized wide plastic containers. Nutrient agar, MacConkey agar, Eosin-methylene blue agar and MacConkey broth were used to isolate and enumerate total aerobic heterotrophic bacteria, total and faecal coliforms (E. coli) respectively. The result showed that the Uniport swimming pool had the highest bacterial count of 5.0 x 103 cfu/ml with a prevalence of 66.7%, while in Habitat hotel and resort swimming pool total bacteria count was 3.5 x 103cfu/ml with 33.3% prevalence rate. There was no growth of bacteria isolates in water samples from Helena Haven swimming pool. The bacterial isolates were identified as Micrococcus sp. (9.7%), Klebsiella sp. (16.6%), Staphylococcus aureus (25.8%), and Staphylococcus epidemidis (48.4%) for the two positive swimming pools. The two positive swimming pools had bacterial counts above the recommended bacteriological standards for pool water. Although, E.coli was not detected, it is still needful for all the authorities concerned to apply standard corrective measures in order to provide good quality water for the numerous users.

Keywords: Health problems, swimming pool, Water samples

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Austin A. Okwelle and Nwaokugha-Douglas, Augusta. 2020. Assessment of the Bacteriological Quality of Three Recreational Water Centres in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 9(6): 4140-4148. doi:
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