Coliform bacteria has been detected in various drinking water sources of Baglung district.
Health Office, Baglung conducted tests on samples taken from 84 drinking water sources which showed coliform present in most of the sources.
The Office detailed that coliform was found in the drinking water sources distributed by Baglung Town Drinking Water and Sanitation Users Organisation as well as in most of the other drinking water sources in the district.
However, the water distributed in taps in the town has no coliform as chlorine powder is used in the water tank for the treatment of water, said a lab technician at the Health Office, Dilli Acharya.
In course of conducting test of water sources in Baglung municipality, coliform was found at 10 water sources while the diarrhea-causing bacteria was detected in seven out of 10 water sources in Jaimini municipality, three out of 12 water sources in Galkot municipality, two out of seven water sources in Dhorpatan municipality, seven out of 16 water sources in Tamankhola rural municipality and three out of nine water sources in Badigad rural municipality.
Acharya added that coliform was found at four water sources of Nishikhola rural municipality, four out of 11 water sources at Tamankhola rural municipality and four out of 12 water sources at Bareng rural municipality.
The Health Office has carried out test of water sources on a representative basis at the request of local levels.
Britannica defines this coliform bacteria as any of various rod-shaped microorganisms that occur in the intestinal tracts of animals, including humans, and that are widespread in the environment. It adds that this bacteria serve as critical indicators of water quality and more precisely show evidence of recent fecal contamination of water supplies.