Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 6 No. 1

Assessment of Bacterial Load in Tube Wells, Filling Stations and Drinking Water Sources of Livestock and Poultry in Jammu`

Najimaana Wani1, Asif Iqbal2*, Manzoor Ahmad³ and S.K. Kotwal1

1Division of Veterinary Public Health and Hygiene FVSc & AH, R.S.Pura, 2Division of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine FVSc & A.H, R.S.Pura, SKUAST, Jammu - 181 102, India. ³Department of Veterinary Pathology College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, CSK HP Agricultural University, Palampur, India.

Received on 06 October 2011 and accepted on 23 December 2011



The present study was conducted to assess the faecal pollution of different drinking water sources in and around Jammu. A total of 50 water samples from tubewells (n=20), filling stations (n=15) and drinking water sources of livestock/poultry (n=15) were analysed. Tube wells, filling stations and livestock/poultry supply recorded positivity percentage of 60, 46.66 and 86.66 for Coliform, 55, 53.33 and 66.66 for faecal Streptococcus and 45, 40 and 53.33 for Clostridium perfringens respectively. E. coli was demonstrated in 35, 33.33 and 53.33 tube wells, filling stations and livestock/poultry supply and based on WHO, BIS and/or ICMR standards for coliform count 60, 46.66 and 86.66 per cent samples, respectively, were non potable.

Keywords : Drinking water, Tube wells, Filling stations, Livestock, Poultry and Jammu.