Bacteriophages – what are they and why they might be an appropriate new indicator for fecal contamination of recreational waters

Charles P. Gerba, Bradley W. Schmitz, Alexander N. Wassimi, Ian L. Pepper

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Abstract

Coliphages are viruses than infect coliform bacteria and are always present in domestic wastewater. Because many are the same size, shape and resistant to sewage treatment processes as human enteric pathogens they have long been proposed as indicators of fecal pollution and the presence of enteric viruses in water. Research is underway to better understand the removal of coliphages by sewage treatment processes and their relationship to the removal of human pathogenic enteric viruses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication88th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, WEFTEC 2015
PublisherWater Environment Federation
Pages1884-1886
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781510870468
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Event88th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, WEFTEC 2015 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Sep 26 2015Sep 30 2015

Publication series

Name88th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, WEFTEC 2015
Volume7

Conference

Conference88th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, WEFTEC 2015
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period9/26/159/30/15

Keywords

  • Bacteriophages
  • Coliphages
  • Indicators
  • Wastewater treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecological Modeling
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Water Science and Technology

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    Gerba, C. P., Schmitz, B. W., Wassimi, A. N., & Pepper, I. L. (2015). Bacteriophages – what are they and why they might be an appropriate new indicator for fecal contamination of recreational waters. In 88th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, WEFTEC 2015 (pp. 1884-1886). (88th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, WEFTEC 2015; Vol. 7). Water Environment Federation.