Research and analysis

A review of new technologies for rapid coliform assay

An assessment has been made of current and future technology for the detection and enumeration of microbial faecal indicators in environmental waters.

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A Review of New Technologies for Rapid Coliform Assay

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The quest for real-time monitoring of bathing water quality is currently driven by the revision of the Bathing Water Directive in the European Union. A move to the monitoring of faecal indicators more directly indicative of health risk, concentrating on intestinal enterococci for marine waters and E. coli for freshwaters, is planned. The need for rapid techniques to indicate water quality in near-real time is identified in the EU commission proposal (CEC, 2000). This would enable the provision of up-to-date information for the general public regarding beach water quality and activate rapid Environment Agency response to pollution events.

Published 1 January 2002