Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
ROHDEN, Francieli et al. Microbiological monitoring of underground waters in cities of the Extreme West of Santa Catarina State. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2009, vol.14, n.6, pp.2199-2203. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232009000600027.
The degradation of natural resources is increasing in alarming numbers, especially water sources that is constant changes in its quality. Because of this, more and more people come using groundwater for human consumption, but the big problem is contamination by these pathogenic microorganisms. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the microbiological quality of groundwater districts in the Extreme West of Santa Catarina, Brazil. We analyzed 149 samples of water from wells in 14 municipalities during the period January 2005 to December 2006. Were determined in all samples the total coliform and thermotolerant. The results showed high rates of samples inappropriate for consumption, with 54.7% in 2005 and 56.7% in 2006. Our data show the risk of diseases spreading of water that the region's population is exposed to the consumption of water, showing a serious public health problem.
Keywords : Water; Contamination; Thermotolerant coliform; Public health.