Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 6 No. 1

Studies on Water Purification using Clay and Organic Waste Products

Piyush Sharma┬╣ and Suchitra Godbole┬▓

Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, G.H. Raisoni Institute of Information Technology, B-39 MIDC Hingna, Nagpur - 440 016, India.

Received on 18 May 2011 and accepted on 27 June 2011

 

ABSTRACT

Water is one of the most common sources of all infections and water born diseases are one of the most frequently affecting ailments for the human body. While access to drinking water in Indian villages has increased over the past decade, the morbidity and mortality rate due to consumption of unsafe water has continued to affect our population in large numbers. As a solution to this problem a low cost but highly effective water purification system using clay and organic waste products such as tea, coffee and sawdust in different proportions was devised. Organic products used to prepare the filtration systems are used by the villagers in their day to day life and hence are easily available. Bacteriological analyses for number of coliforms using Membrane Filter Technique and Most Probable Number before and after filtration were performed to determine the efficiency of the clay pots.

Keywords : E. coli, Water pollution, Clay, Organic waste products.