2015 January – Baralaba (Queensland) – E.coli

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Baralaba (Queensland): E.coli
E.coli Detection – Baralaba Reticulation: There was an instance during the reporting period of E.coli detected in a sample collected from the Baralaba Reticulation network. Incident no DWI-7504-00039 (9/1/2015) refers.
E.coli was detected with a count of 9 E.coli per 100ml with a disinfection residual of 0.16mg/L. Investigation identified incorrect sampling procedure as the most likely cause. Instructions regarding correct sampling location and procedure were re-iterated to staff
Banana Shire Drinking Water Quality Management Plan 2014-15

“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