Evaluation of media for simultaneous enumeration of total coliform and E.coli in drinking water supplies by membrane filtration techniques

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/S1001-0742(08)60043-1
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TypeArticle
Journal titleJournal of Environmental Sciences
Volume20
Issue3
Pages273277; # of pages: 5
Subjectdifferential coliform agar (DCA); drinking water; E.coli; membrane filtration (MF); total coliform (TC); Water quality
AbstractThis study evaluated three different dehydrated media for simultaneous detection and enumeration of total coliform (TC) and E. coli in drinking water samples with a standard membrane filtration procedure. The experiment indicated that the differential coliform agar (DCA) medium was the most effective among the tested media in enumerating TC and E.coli, without the need for extensive accompanying confirmation tests. The results for DCA medium were highly reproducible for both TC and E.coli with standard deviation of 6.0% and 6.1%, respectively. A high agreement (82%) was found between DCA and m-Endo media on 152 drinking water samples in terms of TC positive. The DCA medium also reduced concealment of background bacteria.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number50037
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NPARC number20378152
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