E. Coli Outbreak Protection

Federal Rules in Place to Protect Against E. Coli Outbreaks, EPA Says.

from the Daily Environment Report, September 20, 1999, pA-7.

In response to this summer's outbreaks of illness caused by Escherichia coli 0157:H7, the Environmental Protection Agency has posted an internet fact sheet on the mechanisms it has developed to safeguard the public from this danger. The fact sheet can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/OGWDW under "What's New."

Under the Clean Water Act there are two rules which address microbial contamination. The first is the total coliform rule which requires water systems to regularly monitor for total coliform bacteria contamination. The second is the surface water treatment rule which requires all drinking water systems using surface water to kill bacterial contamination through disinfection. The EPA has also recommended recreational water quality standards to protect swimmers. The fact sheet also provides information on how people relying on private wells can protect themselves from E. coli.

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