Presentation Title

Analysis of E. coli and Total Coliform in Pond 501 West in Coastal Carolina University

Presentation Type

Poster

Full Name of Faculty Mentor

Monica Gray, Physics and Engineering Science

Major

Engineering Science

Presentation Abstract

E. Coli is a bacterial group linked to gastrointestinal illness, while Total Coliforms are usually linked to harmful bacteria and other specific sources of pollution. Monitoring small waterways for pollutants is important because of the runoff into major waterways, which Urbanization increases. The Conway area has experienced a lot of urbanization, so keeping its waterways healthy is a top priority. Using the Coliscan Easygel PLUS Media method, total coliform and E. Coli levels in the sampled waterways of 501 West were tested. From October 13, 2011 to November 16th, 2020, 249 samples were taken from the sample site. The average E. Coli and Total Coliform CFU levels were 287 /100mL and 1,143 /100mL respectively. E. Coli's average was less than the SC DHEC and EPA (2012) standards, though many samples were outliers that well exceeded those standards. Total Coliform's average managed to stay below the SC DHEC and EPA (2012) standards.

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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Analysis of E. coli and Total Coliform in Pond 501 West in Coastal Carolina University

Poster Session 1

E. Coli is a bacterial group linked to gastrointestinal illness, while Total Coliforms are usually linked to harmful bacteria and other specific sources of pollution. Monitoring small waterways for pollutants is important because of the runoff into major waterways, which Urbanization increases. The Conway area has experienced a lot of urbanization, so keeping its waterways healthy is a top priority. Using the Coliscan Easygel PLUS Media method, total coliform and E. Coli levels in the sampled waterways of 501 West were tested. From October 13, 2011 to November 16th, 2020, 249 samples were taken from the sample site. The average E. Coli and Total Coliform CFU levels were 287 /100mL and 1,143 /100mL respectively. E. Coli's average was less than the SC DHEC and EPA (2012) standards, though many samples were outliers that well exceeded those standards. Total Coliform's average managed to stay below the SC DHEC and EPA (2012) standards.

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