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Coliform Bacteria

Coliform bacteria make up a large group of bacteria that are found in soils, on plants, and in surface water. Certain coliform bacteria live in the intestines of humans and animals. Coliforms are not harmful themselves, but when present in drinking water, disease-causing microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites may have gotten into the water supply by the same route as the coliforms.

Treatment. Water containing coliform bacteria should be tested for other E. coli and other fecal coliforms. In addition, the water should be treated disinfected with chlorine bleach. It is best to have the treatment done by a professional plumber.


Website Resources about Coliform Bacteria

Coliform Bacteria Fact Sheet - Maine.gov Division of Public Health Systems
www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/public-health-systems/health-and-environmental-testing/colibact.htm

"Treating our coliform infested well". HinesSight, June 18, 2008.
http://hinessight.blogs.com/hinessight/2008/06/treating-our-co.html

"Cleaning a Water Well System". Professional Home Inspection.
www.professionalhome.com/welltest.html

Coliform Bacteria. Penn State Extension.
http://extension.psu.edu/ . . . /coliform-bacteria

"What Every Realtor Should Know About Private Drinking Water Wells"
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - New England
www.epa.gov/region1/eco/drinkwater/pdfs/realtorprivatewell.pdf


Website Resources about Ground Water

Ground Water & Drinking Water. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
http://water.epa.gov/drink/index.cfm

Drinking Water Contaminants - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/

Basic Information about Pathogens and Indicators in Drinking Water, EPA
http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/basicinformation/pathogens.cfm

National Ground Water Association
www.ngwa.org

Bacteria and Water Wells. American Ground Water Trust.
www.agwt.org/content/bacteria

Water Resources of the United States
www.usgs.gov/water/

Protecting Your Well by Shock Chlorination. Mississippi State University
http://msucares.com/pubs/publications/p1865.htm

Coliform Bacteria in Your Water. University of Georgia Extension
http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=C858-7


Private Water Wells

Private Drinking Water Wells - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/well/index.cfm

Well and Water System Disinfection for Private Wells. Minnesota Department of Health
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/wells/waterquality/disinfection.pdf

Private Water Wells. Cornerstone Home Inspections, Waterville, Maine
www.inspectmaine.com/?D=33

"How to Disinfect Your Well". University of Maine Cooperative Extension
http://umaine.edu/publications/7115e/


Water Filtration Systems

Water Filter Buying Guide by National Geographic
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/green-guide/buying-guides/water-filter/shopping-tips/

"The Nitty Gritty of Filter Types and Technolgies" by Environmental Working Group
www.ewg.org/research/ewgs-water-filter-buying-guide/filter-technology

UV Light Systems & How They Clean Water by Clean Technica
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/12/16/uv-light-systems-clean-water/

Well Treatment by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/private/wells/treatment.html

A Guide to Drinking Water Treatment Technologies for Household Use - CDC
www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/travel/household_water_treatment.html

Home Drinking Water - Quality and Treatment by NSF International
www.nsf.org/consumer-resources/health-and-safety-tips/water-quality-treatment-tips

Water Treatment Systems - Consumer Affairs
www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/water-treatment-systems/

Home Water Treatment by Cornell University Cooperative Extension
http://waterquality.cce.cornell.edu/treatment.htm

"Ultraviolet Radiation for Disinfecting Household Drinking Water", Water Treatment Notes, Fact Sheet 10, August 2004, Cornell Cooperative Extension, College of Human Ecology.
http://waterquality.cce.cornell.edu/publications/CCEWQ-10-UVWaterTrtforDisinfection.pdf

"Disinfection of Drinking Water using UV Light", Water Bulletin, Spring 2003. Water Quality Program, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University.
http://waterquality.cce.cornell.edu/publications/CCEWQ-10b-UVWaterTrtSummary.pdf


Maine Firms Providing Water Treatment Services

Affordable Water Treatment of Maine
Litchfield and Greene, Maine
207-268-2987
http://affordablewatertreatmentofmaine.com

Goodwin Well & Water, Inc.
2282 Auburn Road, PO Box 661, North Turner, ME 04266
207-224-7861
https://goodwinwellandwater.com


Air & Water Quality
Freeport & Ellworth, Maine
hwww.awqinc.com

EverClean Water Treatment Systems, Inc.
St. Albans, Maine
www.evercleanwatertreatmentsystems.com

Ward Water, Inc.
Steep Falls, Maine 04085
www.wardwater.com

Water Treatment Equipment, Inc.
Yarmouth, Maine
http://wte-inc.com


Haskell's Water Treatment
Rockland, Maine

Norlen's Water Treatment, LLC
Orrington, Maine

 

Resources

EPA - Safewater

Maine.gov Groundwater

How to Adjust the pH Level
of Your Well Water

MaineSecurity.com

 

Water Quality Association

Affordable Water Treatment Maine

Goodwin Well & Water Inc. Maine

 



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