Anilda Kokali1, Edjona Bici1, Arben Luzati1, Oltjana Petri1, Aida Demo1, Emanuel Dungu2
1 Institute of Public Health, Tirana, Albania;
2 University Hospital Center “Mother Theresa”, Tirana, Albania.
Aim: This case study, as a result of the breakdown of wastewater and the spillage of large quantities of these waters into the road and then into the sea, is important in identifying, assessing the causes of pollution that may harm the public health, informing and the temporary prohibition of bathing in these coastal bathing waters and taking measures to prevent exposure to pollution, eliminating the causes of pollution with negative impacts during the bathing season. The aim was to assess the quality of coastal bathing waters, by determining the bacteriological load caused by short-term contamination.
Methods: The incident took place in July 2017 on the coast of Ksamili, in the area called “Tre ishujt”. During the on-site inspection, were selected the seawater sampling sites for microbiological analysis near the contamination site and the surrounding area to follow the diffuse pollution rate discourse. Water samples were taken and transported to laboratories in accordance with the methodology and standards of coastal bathing water sampling and analyzed for bacteriological indicators: Intestinal Enterococci (IE) and Escherichia Coli (E.coli).
Results:The water samples resulted in high microbial contamination by categorizing these bathing waters as “Poor quality” – which means immediate action.
Conclusions: With the action taken the situation was normalized, refering to the bacteriological results of the bathing water in the incident area it turned out to be in very good quality.
Keyword: bathing water, pollution, Ksamili.