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HYGIENE: AT SCHOOL, IT IS BETTER TO USE A BOTTLE OF WATER THAN A GOURD!

A Canadian study found that the gourds used by children were nests with microbes. Fecal coliforms, bacteria, fungi: a real culture broth!

Recently, a Member of Parliament voiced a warning that our schoolchildren were not drinking enough water during their school days. It is true that some school directors do not hesitate to prohibit bottled water under the pretext of safety, and children are often not tempted to drink tap water or too chlorinated, or not pleasant or Not practical to drink, sprinkling from everywhere.

Some public operators have just had the right idea in the Paris region to promote the good old gourd scout or camping, admittedly “relified” by a great designer. The most comic is that this one is … plastic. You can not make that up. Plastic so often accused of all evils when it has the shape of a bottle! The goal of this gourd is to put our dear blond heads in tap water while they are at school.

The small bottle of spring water is, however, from a hygienic point of view much safer, as shown in a Canadian study on water bottles of students at a school in Calgary.  The study was performed by membrane filtration and agar plate assays to determine the total number of bacteria and the number of fecal coliforms and heterotrophic bacteria.

Result:  The total number of coliforms was exceeded in 13.30% of the 75 samples collected. The threshold for faecal coliforms was exceeded in 9% of cases (out of 68% of samples), and that for all heterotrophic bacteria in 64.4% of the 76 samples.

Conclusions of the researchers: the use of tap water bottles by primary school pupils should be avoided.

Why this proliferation of germs and other bacteria in tap water bottles? Dirty hands are the main cause of contamination observed.

Unclean hands or not washed at all after a passage to the toilet for example explain that fecal germs are found on tap water bottles. As in epidemics of diarrhea, the chances of contamination increase. And hygiene in young children in the community is always the most difficult to obtain. In addition, Canadian researchers noted that schoolchildren always filled  the same water bottle for months without ever washing it.

Sanitary and hygienic, bottled water will always be a guarantee for children in their school: safe, light packaging, bottling and pre-rinse faucet’s water controlled by the DDASS, the Ministry of Health, no risk of contamination. And more than one establishment, fortunately allow small bottles of water for the well-being of all. Because remember, drinking the water of his choice is your choice!

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