2008 January – Morris Road – Upper Beaconsfield (Victoria) – E.coli

Upper Beaconsfield  – (Victoria) – E.coli

The fifth E. coli detection in a routine sample was in Morris Road, Upper Beaconsfield, in the Upper Beaconsfield locality, on 08 January 2008 (70 E. coli organisms per 100mL) with a free chlorine residual of 0.03mg/L. The sampling point is within the Salisbury Rd/ Sugarloaf Hill Rd
distribution zone which is supplied from Hughendon Road Tank. Secondary disinfection occurs at Hughendon Road Tank, to maintain a chlorine residual of 0.3mg/L of water leaving the reservoir. All system checks were clear and the re-sample at the same customer tap and samples at four other nearby taps, taken the following day were clear of E. coli.

Escherichia coli should not be detected in any 100 mL sample of drinking water. If detected
in drinking water, immediate action should be taken including investigation of potential
sources of faecal contamination.

“Coliforms are Gram-negative, non-spore-forming, rod-shaped bacteria that are capable of aerobic and facultative anaerobic growth in the presence of bile salts or other surface active agents with similar growth-inhibiting properties. They are found in large numbers in the faeces of humans and other warm-blooded animals, but many species also occur in the environment.

Thermotolerant coliforms are a sub-group of coliforms that are able to grow at 44.5 ± 0.2°C. E. coli is the most common thermotolerant coliform present in faeces and is regarded as the most specific indicator of recent faecal contamination because generally it is not capable of growth in the environment. In contrast, some other thermotolerant coliforms (including strains of Klebsiella, Citrobacter and Enterobacter) are able to grow in the environment and their presence is not necessarily related to faecal contamination. While tests for thermotolerant coliforms can be simpler than for E. coli, E. coli is considered a superior indicator for detecting faecal contamination…” ADWG 2011