Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol.08, Issue 04, 2002; Page No.(301-306)

USE OF KHAS FOR ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY IN WATER PURIFICATION

Parag Sadgir, S.L. Garg, A.N. Patel and S.M. Jain

Abstract

A vast rural Indian population is dependent on the supply of untreated water, which is the root cause of their ailments.The rural population is thriving on the contaminated water supply due to lack of financial resources and other pressing essentialities of life. Safe water is vital for improving the health and quality of life and for alleviating poverty. In the process of developing a plant based substitute for economical safe approach for water purification against conventional chemical constitutents plants were screened for evaluation of their efficiency for antibacterial activity. Khas, is effective against Salmonella typhi, Pseudomonos pyocydneus,Vibrio Cholerae, Snigella dysenteriae and Proteus Vulgaris within specified contact time. Khas is more effective against Escherichia coil with increase in specified contact time.

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