Find out what’s sharing your water and ensure its purity and safety by contacting M3 Environmental Consulting in Monterey, California to perform E. coli bacteria testing. While you can’t see the bacteria that may be lurking in your water, their presence may cause significant health problems for you and your family.
What Is E. Coli Bacteria?
E. coli is just one of a group of microorganisms known as coliform bacteria, most of which are harmless and play a helpful part in digesting food in both humans and animals. E. coli (Escherichia coli) is the most common member of the fecal coliform subgroup found in human and animal feces.
Some strains of fecal coliform bacteria can cause fever, nausea, diarrhea or stomach cramps. They are primary indicators that other pathogens are present. While you may be familiar with recent headlines showing E. coli as the culprit in food-borne illness outbreaks, this bacteria may also be present in many of our water sources.
E. Coli Contamination
If E. coli water testing shows a significant amount of fecal coliform bacteria, it is an indication that the water source has been contaminated by either human or animal fecal matter. Runoff from agricultural and cattle farms, septic tanks or untreated human waste, particularly during the rainy season, can cause an overflow that allows sewage to enter our waterways. Even in the city, there can be a high degree of contamination from leaking sewage systems, human and pet waste.
Water Testing For E. Coli Bacteria
M3 Environmental Consulting provides Monterey area E. coli water testing for any of the following reasons:
- Wastewater Treatment Testing
- Testing Well Water Quality
- Public Drinking Water Safety
- Residential Water Quality
- Bottled Water Manufacturing
- Water-Borne Illness Prevention
- Public Swimming Pool Water Test
To prevent water-borne illnesses, it is critical to maintain a regular testing schedule of wastewater treatment facilities and public drinking water systems. Public and private swimming pools show a surprisingly high degree of fecal contamination and should also be tested regularly since swimming in these waters may allow these pathogens to enter your body through your mouth, nose, and ears.
E. coli has even been found in bottled water manufacturing plants which in some cases resulted in an extensive voluntary recall due to potential E. coli contamination. If you live in a rural area and have a private well, it is also critical to have regular annual testing, since wells are particularly vulnerable to polluted storm water or agricultural runoff.
Rely On The Bacteria Testing Professionals
Whether you are a Monterey area government agency, business, or an individual needing reassurance that your residential water is safe, M3 Environmental Consulting can provide you with the quality and peace of mind of an E. coli bacteria test. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly, professional staff.