2009 February – Brighton East – Binnie St (Victoria) – E.coli

Brighton East – (Victoria) – E.coli

The fifth E.coli detection was from a routine sample taken at Binnie Street, Brighton East, on 19 February 2009 (one E.coli organism per 100mL) with a free chlorine residual of 0.07 mg/L. The sampling point is within the Brighton/Heatherton locality which is supplied by Cardinia Reservoir. All system checks were clear and the re-sample at the same tap and three other nearby sample points taken on 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