E. Coli and Other Coliform in Fort Lauderdale Drinking Water

March 16, 2017

Cities and other areas are required to test their water and provide citizens with reports on the quality,

which includes any problems with the water that occurred that year. Within the report, the city lets you

know where certain water contaminants fell in relation to the maximum contaminant level, or MCL.

That is the top level that a contaminant is legally allowed to be within the area’s drinking water in order

to support proper public health. In the Fort Lauderdale water report for the year of 2015, Fort

Lauderdale coliform bacteria was a problem.

Fort Lauderdale E.Coli Results

In August, the city had a violation of the MCL for Fort Lauderdale E. coli. A sample tested positive for the

bacteria in one well in the ground water source on August 9 for a sample that was taken on August 8.

The water report notes that the contamination most likely came from “human or fecal waste.”

The city took the well out of service the day it had the positive sample, and then a later sample was

positive for the same well. The city followed procedures to alert the public and recondition the water,

testing it again. The city put that well back in service on September 9.

While the level of E.coli went past the MCL, the total Fort Lauderdale coliform bacteria level did not

violate the MCL during the year.

Health Risk of Fort Lauderdale Coliform

When the drinking water has coliform bacteria in it, it’s a sign that the water could be unsafe with

various pathogens. E. coli is a type of coliform bacteria that can sometimes make people sick if it’s the

right strain.

When other pathogens are in the water, which E.coli and coliforms are a sign of, they could cause

nausea, diarrhea, headaches and other symptoms. Also, certain populations, such as infants and people

with weakened immune systems, could be more at risk from contamination in the water than the

general population.

What to Do About Contaminated Drinking Water

It’s possible for drinking water to be contaminated, even going past the MCL for each contaminant. We

see this with the Fort Lauderdale E. coli numbers. To ensure that you always have clean drinking water

despite the city or area’s efforts, you can run your home water through a specialty water machine such

as a reverse osmosis water filtration system  or water filtration system with the hollow membrane that cleans out the contaminants and provides healthy water.

To learn more about common contaminants which affect the quality of your life or be potentially affecting your health and how to protect your family from the exposure schedule a no obligation free consultation with one of our water filtration experts

Sources: http://www.doh.wa.gov/portals/1/Documents/Pubs/33...

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