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Table 2 Characteristics of water sources of the 155 collected samples

From: Prevalence, characteristics and correlates of enteric pathogenic protozoa in drinking water sources in Molyko and Bomaka, Cameroon: a cross-sectional study

Characteristics of water source Frequency (N) Percentage (%)
Location of the water source
 Open (outdoor) 104 67.1
 Closed (indoor) 51 32.9
Lid on water source
 Present 29 18.7
 NA* 126 81.3
Height above the ground
  ≤ 1 metre 10 6.5
  > 1 metre 141 91.0
 NA* 4 2.6
Pipes exposed
 Not exposed 95 61.3
 Exposed 47 30.3
 NA 13 8.4
Distance from toilet or pit latrine
 0–1 m 3 1.9
 2–10 m 9 5.8
  > 10 m 143 92.3
Distance from septic tanks
 0–1 m 1 0.6
 2–10 m 26 16.8
  > 10 m 128 82.6
Distance from farms
 0–1 m 17 11.0
 2–10 m 22 14.2
  > 10 m 116 74.8
Animals around source
 0–1 m 2 1.3
 2–10 m 1 0.6
  > 10 m 155 98.1
Existence of source
 0–5 years 70 45.2
 6–10 years 37 23.9
  > 10 years 48 31.0
Mud around source
 Absent 94 60.6
 Present 61 39.4
Covered by cement
 Absent 46 29.7
 Present 109 70.3
Stagnant water
 Absent 98 63.2
 Present 57 36.8
Enter water with feet
 No 2 1.3
 Yes 5 3.2
 NA* 148 95.5
Cleaning frequency
 Never or rarely 19 12.3
 Weekly 80 51.6
 Monthly 51 32.9
 Yearly 5 3.2
pH
 6 30 19.4
 7 125 80.6
Turbidity
 Clear 141 91.0
 Cloudy 2 1.3
 Brownish 2 1.3
 Contain particles 10 6.5
Odour
 No 145 93.5
 Yes 10 6.5
Sliminess
 Not slimy 145 93.5
 Slimy 10 6.5
  1. N frequency, NA* not applicable to the given characteristic, % percentage