Bhoomitra report

With the involvement students of Department of Botany and of members of Bhoomitra Sena club, physicochemical and microbiological analysis of water quality of Sasthamkotta lake and we'll samples of Sasthamkotta Panchayat was conducted .

Study was conducted under the supervision of Ms.Lekshmy Sreekumar, Assistant Professor of Department of Botany. Head of the Department of Botany Dr.P. Geeta Krishnan Nair also offered valuable suggestions. Eight students from the department of botany participated in the study, conducted on 18-12 -2020.

Water pollution caused by fecal contamination is a serious problem due to the potential for contracting diseases from pathogens. The presence of pathogens is determined with indirect evidence by testing for an "indicator" organism such as coliform bacteria. Coliforms are relatively easy to identify, are usually present in larger numbers than more dangerous pathogens. As a result, testing for coliform bacteria can be a reasonable indication of whether other pathogenic bacteria are present or not.
Drinking water and well water samples from different localities of the Sasthankotta panchayath and different parts of lake was analysed for coliform testing Altogether 20 samples were analysed for preliminary screening. Those samples tested positive were further subjected to physicochemical and microbiological analysis in two labs.The water collected was tested in Grama Karshaka Fertilizer Company and CEPCI (Cashew Export Promotion Council Of India) for testing total coliforms and the two subgroups thermotolerant faecal coliforms and E.Coli. The results indicated that the water tested was highly contaminated with the fecal material of man or other animals. ThePresence of fecal contamination is an indicator that a potential health risk exists for individuals exposed to this water. Fecal coliform bacteria may occur in ambient water as a result of the overflow of domestic sewage or nonpoint sources of human and animal waste.
Thus the public around the locality were advised to take proper measures to solve this issue.

Program 2 .
Awareness campaign were conducted among common people to promote sustainable development goals.