Date of Award

Fall 2005

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Marine Science


College of Science

First Advisor

Jane L. Guentzel


The following study will examine how efficiently a newly studied disinfectant, electrolyzed oxidizing water (EOW), will sanitize a local storm water runoff pond inhabited with significant quantities of bacteria, specifically Escherichia coli and total coliforms. Quantities of E. coli and total coliforms in water are used to indicate the overall quality of the water. Pond water, collected on Oct. 7th, 2005, was subjected to treatment with EOW. The treated and control samples were then analyzed for chlorine concentration, carbon content, ph, ORP, and bacteria count. The data acquired showed that EOW significantly reduced the amount of E. coli and total coliforms in the storm water pond. This decrease in bacteria count was shown to correlate with high ORP measurements and high chlorine concentrations. In this study, EOW has been shown to be an effective disinfectant to treat storm water runoff ponds that contain moderate amounts of Escherichia coli and total coliforms.