coliform bacteria

What is coliform bacteria?

coliform bacteria meaning bacteria whose presence in water is an indicator of pollution and of potentially dangerous contamination

Image of fish kill
A coliform-caused fish kill. Fecal coliforms originate from sewer overflows, septic tank seepage and animal defecation. They are indicators of fecal contamination which could also contain bacteria and viruses responsible for cholera and typhoid infections, hepatitis and gastroenteritis. (Photo: Pine River Shire Environmental Services, Australia)


reference: Coral Reef Information System – Glossary

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