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Year: 2006  |  Volume: 5  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 475 - 477

Water Hygiene Behaviors in Hotels and Restaurants and Their Effects on its Bacteriological Quality

D.H. Tambekar, N.B. Hirulkar, Y.S. Banginwar, P.N. Rajankar and S.S. Deshmukh    

Abstract: Contamination in drinking water is man made and usually due to improper handling, storage and serving which leads to the serious water borne diseases. A total of 340 drinking water samples were analyzed for bacterial contamination, out of them, 69.1% were non-potable by MPN method, 73.2% by MFT indicating presence of E. coli and 18.2% showed presence of thermotolerant E. coli of human fecal origin. Study concluded that poor hygiene behaviors such as improper method of storage, handling and serving, deteriorates the quality of drinking water which can be improved by imparting water hygiene behavior education to hotels and restaurants owners.

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