August 2004: Volume 46, Number 8
Life in the Distribution System: Monitoring Biofilm Formation Potentials
by Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, Ph.D.
The drinking distribution system is a source of concern with regard to contamination of water during delivery and regrowth of microorganisms surviving treatment. The natural presence of organic matter in water offers a feeding ground for bacteria that can colonize on distribution pipe interiors, forming biofilms that protect and allow growth of the microbes, some of which are associated with adverse health effects in humans...
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