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Water in India’s Goa ‘unfit for bathing’

01 July 2011

The National Institute of Oceanography, which is based in the former Portuguese colony, said that the level of faecal coliform bacteria in water off the coast and in rivers was higher than the international benchmark.

“For safe bathing and international standards it should be 100 CFU (colony forming units) per 100mm but now it has touched 190” in some areas, said NIO scientist Dr N Ramaiah.

Ramaiah said coastal waters tested by the scientists were generally above the limit, but the problem was most acute in the basins of Goa’s two rivers, the Mandovi and Zuari.

A colony forming unit is used in microbiology to measure the number of viable bacteria. Faecal coliform bacteria can be a product of human or animal waste but also storm water run-off or plant material……

Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/water-in-indias-goa-unfit-for-bathing/story-e6frf7jx-1226085911070

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Written by csirindia

July 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Posted in NIO

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