COB Bacterial Monitoring
To measure fecal coliform bacteria, water samples are collected in sterilized containers, filtered, and incubated at a certain temperature. The resulting bacterial colonies that form are counted and recorded as the number of colony producing units per 100 ml of water (CPU/100 ml). Safe drinking water should have fecal coliform counts of 0 CPU/100 ml. For safe swimming, concentrations less than 200 CPU/100 ml is desirable, and for boating, less than 1000 CPU/100 ml is desirable. However, these standards may vary at the local, state, and federal level.
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