E. Coli Testing Services
How Do I Know if I Should Test For E. Coli and Coliform?
Fecal coliforms and E. coli are usually harmless. However, a positive test may mean that feces and harmful germs have found their way into your water system. These harmful germs can cause diarrhea, dysentery, and hepatitis.
The presence of E. coli in a drinking water sample usually indicates recent fecal contamination. That means there is a greater risk that pathogens are present. The total coliform bacteria test is a primary indicator of “potability”, suitability for consumption, of drinking water. It measures the concentration of total coliform bacteria associated with the possible presence of disease-causing organisms
What type of testing does BuildSafe do for E. Coli and Coliform?
E. coli numbers in freshwater are determined by counting the number of yellow and yellow-brown colonies growing on a 0.45-micron filter placed on m-TEC media and incubated at 35.0º C for 22-24 hours. The addition of urea substrate confirms that colonies are E. coli.
Total coliform is a large collection of different kinds of bacteria. Fecal coliform is a type of total coliform that exists in feces. E. coli is a subgroup of fecal coliform. The EPA Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for coliform bacteria in drinking water is zero (or no) total coliform per 100 ml of water.
BuildSafe tests in different methods to ensure the best confirmation of testing. Since this is tested with us we can give you a more thorough report and understanding of the next steps to take if you test positive for any reason.
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