2012 April – Corinella – Bakers Road (Victoria) – E.coli

Bakers Road – Corinella (Victoria) – E.coli
A sample taken on 24th April 2012 from 7 Barkers Rd, Corinella had an E. coli reading of 8 orgs/100mL. This result was reported to DH by Westernport Water. Subsequent investigations by Westernport Water demonstrated that the water that was sampled was tank water from the property. Because the result did not represent the quality of water being supplied by Westernport Water, DH agreed to the removal of the result from compliance calculations. Follow-up actions include a resample taken on 25 th April 2012, which recorded 0 orgs/100mL.

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