Water - Biosecurity and Disinfection
In response to numerous studies confirming the presence and continued infectivity of microbial pathogens within groundwater aquifers, the Environmental Protection Agency promulgated the Ground Water Disinfection Rule in 2006, requiring ongoing monitoring for the presence of microbial pathogens within each State. More recently, publication of peer reviewed papers may be found with the findings from this initiative. For example, the results of a two-year groundwater monitoring study conducted by the Minnesota the Minnesota Department of Health including 145 wells, published in 2020 confirmed the presence of Virus (50%), Bacterium, including Salmonella (94%), Protozoans (41%), Human or zoonotic pathogens (96%). A follow-up study published in 2022 served to confirm infectivity of the above pathogens.
The intent of this presentation is to provide POE/POU treatment professionals a factual understanding of the prevenance of pathogens within all private and public drinking waters sources, discern the efficacy and reliability of disinfection technologies, their limitations and sensitivity to source water composition(s) and how to ensure microbiological safety of water via the technologies they prescribe for this purpose.
East Bethel, Minnesota, United States
Midwest Water Engineering, LLC