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By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Water Science and Technology Board, Board on Life Sciences, Committee on Indicators for Waterborne Pathogens

Fresh and forecasted advances in microbiology, molecular biology, and analytical chemistry have made it well timed to re-evaluate the present paradigm of depending predominantly or completely on conventional bacterial symptoms for all sorts of waterborne pathogens. still, indicator methods will nonetheless be required for the foreseeable destiny since it isn't really sensible or possible to observe for the full spectrum of microorganisms that can happen in water, and lots of recognized pathogens are tricky to realize without delay and reliably in water samples. This entire file recommends the advance and use of a “tool field” strategy by way of the U.S Environmental defense enterprise and others for assessing microbial water caliber within which to be had indicator organisms (and/or pathogens often times) and detection method(s) are matched to the necessities of a selected program. The document extra recommends using a phased, three-level tracking framework to help the choice of signs and indicator techniques.

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It is also important to state that although an assessment of suitable indicators for shellfish waters is beyond the scope of this report, some discussion of shellfish experience is included because of the (especially historical) interrelatedness of the various microbial indicator standards and their development. Lastly, this report does not address public swimming and wading pools that are regulated by state and local health departments whose disinfection practices vary widely from place to place.

Garber refers to the work of Slanetz et al. (1955) but does not specifically identify that as the test used in Illinois. 5oC), so it is more selective for microorganisms found in the feces of warm-blooded animals (APHA, 1998). 35 INTRODUCTION AND HISTORICAL BACKGROUND TABLE 1-4 Number of Jurisdictionsa Using an Indicator or Combination of Indicators for Recreational Waters: Mid-1950s Versus 2002 Indicators Used 1950s Bathing Standards 2002 Recreational Freshwaters 2002 Recreational Marine Waters TC FC EC EN EN and EC FC and TC FC and EN EC and FC EN, FC, and TC EC, EN, and TC EC, EN, and FC EC, EN, FC, and TC No Standard 12 — — 1 — — — — — — — — — 0 36 11 2 3 6 1 12 1 0 5 1 1 0 14 0 7 0 2 5 0 2 0 0 0 49 NOTE: TC = total coliform; FC = fecal coliform; EC = Escherichia coli; EN = enterococci a2002 standards are for states and various tribes and territories within EPA Regions as of fall 2002.

In 1998, EPA promulgated the Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (IESWTR; EPA, 1998c), which builds on the SWTR and includes more stringent requirements related to the performance of filters used in drinking water treatment to protect against the protozoan parasite Cryptosporidium and other pathogens for systems that serve more than 10,000 persons. Similarly, EPA promulgated and finalized the Long-Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT1ESWTR) requiring PWSs that serve less than 10,000 persons (EPA, 2002a) to meet more stringent filtration requirements.

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