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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2017, Article ID 3546163, 11 pages
Research Article

Quality Assessment of Some Springs in the Awing Community, Northwest Cameroon, and Their Health Implications

1Laboratory of Noxious Chemistry and Environmental Engineering (LANOCHEE), Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Dschang, Dschang, Cameroon
2Department of Chemistry, Higher Teacher Training College, The University of Bamenda, Bamenda, Cameroon
3Laboratory of Soil Analysis and Environmental Chemistry (LASAEC), Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences (FAAS), University of Dschang, Dschang, Cameroon

Correspondence should be addressed to Estella Buleng Tamungang Njoyim; moc.oohay@miygnelub

Received 15 July 2017; Accepted 28 September 2017; Published 8 November 2017

Academic Editor: Davide Vione

Copyright © 2017 Nelson Alakeh Mofor et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Some springs in Awing, North West Cameroon, were assessed in order to ascertain their quality for human consumption. Achialum, Meupi, and Ala’amiti quarters in Awing depend on springs as the major source of drinking water and inhabitants consume it in its natural state without prior assessment and treatment. Water samples were collected from Achialum, Meupi, and Ala’amiti and analysed for organoleptic, physicochemical, and bacteriological parameters using standard methods. Results of organoleptic and physicochemical parameters showed that most of the parameters fell below WHO limits. Water quality index results, based on physicochemical parameters only, showed that Achialum and Ala’amiti springs were of good quality while Meupi spring was of poor quality. Water quality index may not carry enough information about the real quality situation since a single bad parameter value can give misleading information about the water quality. However, the bacteriological aspect revealed the presence of faecal coliforms and pathogenic bacteria in all the springs that justified the high rate of water borne diseases recorded in the area. This poor water quality could be associated to poor hygiene and farming practices. Thus, the population of Awing should implement home water treatment methods such as boiling, filtration, or chlorination before consumption.