Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 2 No. 1

Microbial Analysis of Bottled water samples sold commercially in Umuahia Metropolis in Abia State, Nigeria.

Uchechi N. Ekwenye* and Chidinma U. Ehilegbu

Department of Microbiology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike P.M.B. 7267, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria.

Received on 14 February 2008 and accepted on 30 March 2008

 

ABSTRACT

Bottled water samples from Umuahia Metropolis were analysed for their microbial and physiochemical properties. Although some properties like pH, temperature and others are known to contribute to the growth of these microorganisms. The absence of coliform organisms or pathogenic microorganisms such as Clostridium perfringes and E. coli in these samples showed that the water was safe for drinking. Some of the organisms observed were Streptococcus spp, Proteus spp, and Pseudomonas spp and some physiochemical properties such as turbidity, total solids, dissolved oxygen, sulphate, potassium, hardness as well as colour, odour, taste and temperature were also determined.

Keywords : Physiochemical properties, Streptococcus spp, Proteus spp, Pseudomonas spp, Bottled water.