Application of phage typing to the identification of sources of groundwater contamination

Patricia A. Rusin, Norval A. Sinclair, Charles P Gerba, Melvin Gershman

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Phage typing of Escherichia coli populations was used as a "fingerprinting" tool to identify the source(s) of fecal coliform contamination of a drinking water well, PW-12. Group discriminate analysis was used to evaluate the data and determine the relative distance of population centroids from the centroid of the PW-12 population. The phage typing patterns were compared to serological results and correlations noted. Phage typing patterns were shown to be stable following 32-days incubation of E. coli isolates in garden soil, tap water and neutralized tertiary effluent, with and without the presence of autochthonous flora.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-188
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Contaminant Hydrology
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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