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Parasites and related interactions in water resources and rural communities
Expanded Title:This study examined the degree to which parasitic organisms (helminths, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Cyclospora and Isospora) occur in water resources and sewage treatment plants in the Limpopo Province. Treatment plants were not found to be consistently removing these organisms. Limited water resource sampling also revealed the presence of Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and Isospora. Helminths were not analysed for. Fluoride, chloride, nitrate, cadmium and lead levels in natural water resources and some drinking waters were all found to have some values above South African standards for drinking water. The participative “photovoice” method, which allows local community members to communicate their concerns relating to their water sources via photographs and associated statements, was investigated and found to be well received. A socio-economic study revealed the use of unsafe water sources, a degree of diarrhoea (though not established as water-related) and a degree of lack of education in respect of water-related health issues.
Date Published:01/01/2012
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Water Resource Management/IWRM - Water Governance
Document Keywords:Water Quality
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Standard
WRC Report No:1910/1/11
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0076-4
Authors:Samie A; Meliko M; Mojapelo P; Mashau F; Nefefe T; Ntekele P
Project No:K5/1910
Document Size:10 985 KB
Attachments:EXECUTIVE SUMMARY for 1910.pdf
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