Presentation Title

Measuring Total Coliform and E. coli Counts at Surfside Beach, South Carolina

Presentation Type

Poster

Full Name of Faculty Mentor

Monica Gray, Physis and Engineering Science

Major

Engineering Science

Presentation Abstract

Coliforms are bacteria that are present in the intestinal track of all humans and other warm-blooded animals, with large numbers being found in feces. E. coli is a species of coliform with specific strains being harmful to humans. E. coli can be the cause of an array of intestinal infections ranging in severity. It is important to test water quality for coliform bacteria to determine if the water being tested has come in contact with fecal matter. The tests conducted for both total coliforms and E. coli were done with Micrology's Coliscan Easygel medium. Between May 27, 2010 and February 9, 2021, 242 samples were collected on 11th Avenue at Surfside Beach. The mean total coliform and E. coli counts are 864.6 CFU/100 mL and 118.9 CFU/100 mL respectively, which are in accordance with USGS and S.C. DHEC water quality standards of 1200 CFU/100 mL and 126 CFU/100 mL.

Location

Poster Session 1

Start Date

21-4-2021 12:00 PM

End Date

21-4-2021 2:00 PM

Disciplines

Engineering Physics

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Measuring Total Coliform and E. coli Counts at Surfside Beach, South Carolina

Poster Session 1

Coliforms are bacteria that are present in the intestinal track of all humans and other warm-blooded animals, with large numbers being found in feces. E. coli is a species of coliform with specific strains being harmful to humans. E. coli can be the cause of an array of intestinal infections ranging in severity. It is important to test water quality for coliform bacteria to determine if the water being tested has come in contact with fecal matter. The tests conducted for both total coliforms and E. coli were done with Micrology's Coliscan Easygel medium. Between May 27, 2010 and February 9, 2021, 242 samples were collected on 11th Avenue at Surfside Beach. The mean total coliform and E. coli counts are 864.6 CFU/100 mL and 118.9 CFU/100 mL respectively, which are in accordance with USGS and S.C. DHEC water quality standards of 1200 CFU/100 mL and 126 CFU/100 mL.

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