HomeDDC Professional Journalvol. 1 no. 1 (2018)

Isolation and Characterization of Bacteria from Drinking Water Fountains at a School Canteen in Davao City

Rezeile M. Degayo | Giovanne G. Tampos | Allan E. Bano | Elaine Frances R. Corpuz | Novela D. Francisco | Maria Carmeli F. Montecillo | Agapito M. Gabato | Phoebe Calica

Discipline: Health



Microbial testing in school facilities which students’ commonly share is critical to address and prevent possible health issues that could arise from failing to understand the environment of different microorganisms. This research tested microbial organisms in drinking water fountains and hand wash faucets at a school canteen in Davao City. Morphological and biochemical tests were performed to characterize the isolates. Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Coagulase Negative Staphylococcus (CoNS) were isolated from water fountains where most if not all students are using. The focus of the study was to identify any possible bacteria present in one of the water fountain in the school campus namely, in the school’s canteen. The researchers in the study recommends that the future researchers should also consider other water fountain present inside the campus for further investigation on the presence of bacteria other than what has been discovered. Moreover, biochemical methods have been used to identify the bacteria isolates in the study: Pseudomonas aeruginosa which is a frequent cause of pneumonia, urinary tract infections and bacteremia, and Coagulase Negative Staphylococcus which can cause endocarditis and urinary tract infections. The researchers in this study suggest that to further validate the identified isolates, the use of Molecular Tests like PCR is highly recommended. Furthermore, given the results are identified infectious bacteria in the school’s water fountain, the management should therefore immediately address this concern to prevent possible health issues that may arise. Water treatment and proper sanitation on fountains should be implemented to help alleviate the problem concerning the presence of bacteria.