2014/15 – Bert Button Lookout Cherbourg (Queensland) – E.coli

2014/15: Bert Button Lookout Cherbourg (Queensland) – E.coli
Incident date 12/2/15: 1mpn/100ml at Bert Button Lookout. Likely cause extended detention times causing dissipation of chlorine.
Incident date 6/8/14: 1mpn/100ml at Bert Button Lookout. Likely cause extended detention times causing dissipation of chlorine.
Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council Drinking Water Quality Management Plan 2015?

“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