The EPD Bacteriology Laboratory conducts analyses to find and identify bacteria in Georgia's water supplies, streams, lakes, and wastewater effluent. Microorganisms that are naturally found in our waters can have an adverse effect on human health. Coliform bacteria are a group of microorganisms that are indicators of contamination in our drinking water; fecal coliform are a direct indication of contamination from septic tanks, waste treatment plants or animal wastes.
Multiple tube and membrane filter methods quantify the amount of coliform bacteria found in drinking water source approval and wastewater samples. The Bacteriology lab routinely monitors drinking water for coliform and E. coli bacteria. Flow cytometers and Epifluorescent microscopes are used to identify cryptosporidium and giardia found in rivers and lakes.
Mary Bowman, Manager