Escherichia coli, also known as E. coli, is a type of fecal coliform bacteria. They are commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded organisms. High levels of E. coli in water have resulted in the closures of beaches, lakes and ponds. Sometimes, the closure order is too late. People are already hospitalized due to contact or accidental ingestion of E.coli in the water. They suffer stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, fever and dehydration.
Coliform bacteria have no taste, smell, or color, the only way you will know for certain if you have e.coli in your water is get your water tested at least annually at a certified water testing lab.
Water supplies that are contaminated with bacteria, the water should be tested at least every three months. A comprehensive water test will identify a full suite of bacterial and chemical parameters. It is a good idea to have your water source tested after heavy rainfall as this is when there is the greatest risk of contamination.
If e.coli is identified in your water test it means that fecal contamination is entering the water system and potentially dangerous pathogens may be present. The bacteria source must be identified and corrected.
If there is no e.coli present but coliforms are identified, it could be indicative of a bacteria layer called a biofilm within your well or plumbing system. It may also indicate that surface water is getting into your well or that your well water comes from an aquifer that contains bacteria, as can be evident in wells coming from a shallow sourceLeaking sewer lines, failed septic systems, livestock manure, and wildlife are some the sources of E. coli in water.
Regulatory bodies impose fines and penalties when E. coli contamination remains unabated. People require water filtration and purification solutions. The mounting pressure could result in the implementation of remediation plans that do not really address the pollution source.
Water needs to filtered and purified properly to tackle the problem. Please visit our products page to find the right solution or contact us for a free consultation on the right water treatment products for your specific needs.