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Microbial Quality of Water Supply in Distribution Systems

1st Edition

By Edwin E. Geldreich

CRC Press

512 pages

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Hardback: 9781566701945
pub: 1996-01-18
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Hidden problems, buried deep in the pipe networks of water distribution systems, are very serious potential threats to water quality. Microbial Quality of Water Supply in Distribution Systems outlines the processes and issues related to the degradation of water quality upon passage through networks of pipes, storage reservoirs, and standpipes on its way to the consumer. The risks associated with biofilm accumulation, bacteria, and other contaminants are discussed in great detail.

In addition to its excellent microbiological coverage of organisms in drinking water and biofilms in distribution systems, Microbial Quality of Water Supply in Distribution Systems provides clear treatments of the technical and public communication issues most commonly affecting the quality of water and water supply systems. The inclusion of numerous case histories in this new book makes it a complete reference source for anyone concerned with water quality and water distribution systems.

Table of Contents

Characterizing the Distribution System: Microbial Issues

Distribution System Habitats

Distribution Water Temperature Trends

Water Supply Transient Time

Operational Factors

Joint Responsibility for Water Quality

Creating Microbial Quality in Drinking Water

Raw Source

Microbial Composition

Microbial Control through Treatment

Water Supply Storage and Distribution

Building Plumbing Networks

Attachment Devices

Biological Profiles in Drinking Water

Primary Microbial Groups

Free-Living Amoeba and Macroinvertebrates: Protectors and Amplifiers of Bacteria

Opportunistic Organisms and the Water Supply Connection

Biofilms in Water Distribution Systems

Characterizing Biofilm

Nutrients: A Case for Biological Instability of Water Supply

Water Temperature Stimulation

Physical Status of Pipe Sediments

Scenarios for Undetected Coliform Passages

Evaluating the Public Health Significance of Biofilm

Characterizing Microbial Quality in Water Supply


Heterotrophic Bacteria

Coliform Detection

Substitute Criteria: A Word of Caution

Nuisance Organisms

Infrastructure Construction Acceptance

Laboratory Credibility through Certification

Monitoring Strategies to Characterize Water Quality


Evaluating the Strategy

Sample Collection and Sample Stability in Transit

Special Considerations - Small Systems Networks; Large System Characteristics; Consolidated Systems

Coliform Occurrences in Compliance Monitoring

Special Purpose Monitoring

Microbial Breakthroughs in Changing Source, Treatment, or Supply Parameters


Factoring Source Water Characteristics

Plant Operating Practices

Treatment Modifications

Disinfection Alternatives

Impacts on Distribution Water Quality

Waterborne Pathogen Invasions: A Case for Water Quality Protection in Distribution

Characterizing Freshwater Quality

Waterborne Pathogenic Agents

Utilizing Multiple Barriers to Pathogen Passage

Waterborne Pathogen Invasions: Case History Examples

Pathogen Search in Waterborne Outbreaks

In Retrospect - Municipal Sewage Collection Systems; Stormwater Runoff; Non-Metered Service; Unaccounted Water Losses; Water Storage Tank Structures; System Flushing; Distribution Residuals; Water Pressure

Responses to Microbial Quality Changes in Water Supply Distribution

Laboratory Assistance

Initial Action Responses

Persistent Non-Compliance Response

Sanitary Survey Approach

Searching for Risks in Water Supply

In Retrospect

Public Awareness of Water Quality Problems

Public Perception of Health Risks in Water Supply

Mass Media and Public Awareness

A Study of Media Attention to Technical Reality

Public Relations Programs

Public Awareness: What Have We Learned?

Appendix: Field Investigation Check List


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Microbiology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply