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THE COLIFORM CORNER

We’ve all heard the term, or another form of the term, “poop happens”. Yes, it does happen, but we don’t want it happening in our drinking water!!!!!


Water can get contaminated with gastrointestinal illness form of bacteria called coliforms. Coliforms are pathogenic bacteria that can be found in the aquatic environment, in soil and vegetation, and in the feces of a large number of warm blooded animals, including man.

They are a commonly used indicator of sanitary quality of foods and water. Their presence is used to indicate that other pathogenic organisms of fecal origin may be present. The presence of fecal coliform bacteria in drinking water may indicate a possible presence of harmful, disease-causing organisms, or pathogens. Waterborne pathogens can cause diseases such as hepatitis, giardiasis, and dysentery.


Analysis is necessary to detect and confirm the presence of coliforms. Coliforms and a fecal coliform called Escherichia coli can be detected within 28 hours. Call the lab for additional information @ 215.672.6088 or email Renee @ rbattiste@eagleih.com.

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