Efficacy of the local drinking water purifiers: case study [of] Wakiso District
MetadataShow full item record
Access to safe drinking water remains a global challenge, particularly in rural areas of developing nations. This study assesses the performance of three local water purifiers (Purifier A - carbon-sand filter purifier, Purifier B - ceramic filter purifier, and Purifier C - solar purifier) in three different villages with varying water sources. The study evaluates the quality of water before and after purification, considering parameters like pH, electrical conductivity (E.C), turbidity, total dissolved solids (TDS), free chlorine residue (FCR), coliforms, and Escherichia coli. Results indicate that Purifier C (solar purifier) exhibited the highest purification efficiency, effectively removing impurities. Purifier B (ceramic purifier) showed moderate efficiency, outperforming Purifier A (carbon-sand purifier), which demonstrated the lowest effectiveness. These findings underscore the importance of selecting the right water purifier based on specific water quality needs and local conditions. Additionally, regular maintenance and filter replacement are crucial for optimal performance and durability of the chosen purifier. Further research is recommended to assess the purifiers' ability to remove heavy metals from water. This study contributes to addressing the pressing issue of access to clean water, aiming to improve water quality and reduce waterborne illnesses in rural areas.