Bacteria, E.coli and Coliforms
For a glossary of water
terms click here
to go to the
Greater Vernon Services site.
Bacteria are all around and even live inside
us. Most of these tiny organisms are
harmless, but some may cause disease or sickness. Those bacteria that cause disease usually
come from human or animal feces.
Itís not possible to test for all of the many
thousands of bacteria. Because of
this, water is tested for the coliform type, which is very common and always
found in human and animal feces.
One type of coliform bacteria found in feces is
E.coli. If found in water, E.coli
suggests contamination by feces and a risk to users.
Bacteria in water can be treated by chlorine
addition, ultra-violet disinfection, or ozone. However, these treatment methods may be
less effective on water with excess turbidity. High
levels of turbidity can be safely removed by properly maintained filtration
or reverse osmosis systems.
MacDonald Water Systems can help you find
solutions to your water problems. For
more detailed information or to place your order, go to contact us.