GENERAL INFORMATION Specific conductance (also called specific conductivity or just conductivity) is a measure of the ability of water to conduct an electrical current. Specific conductance is an important water-quality measurement because it gives a good ...
Total Coliform Bacteria (Counts)
GENERAL INFORMATION Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present. WELLS: Levels of coliform over four (4) colonies can indicate poor well constr ...
Total Coliform Bacteria
GENERAL INFORMATION Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present. PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS- Please consult the Ohio EPA. PRIVATE WATER SYSTEMS w/ CON ...
GENERAL INFORMATION Fecal coliforms are bacteria that are associated with human or animal wastes. They usually live in human or animal intestinal tracts, and their presence in drinking water is a strong indication of recent sewage or animal waste contamin ...
GENERAL INFORMATION One of hundreds of strains of the bacterium Escherichia coli, E. coli O157:H7 is an emerging cause of food-borne and water-borne illness. Most strains of E. coli are harmless and live in the intestines of healthy humans and animals and ...
Giardia lamblia (protozoan)
GENERAL INFORMATION Giardia lamblia is a single-celled protozoan parasite that lives in the intestine of infected humans or animals. It is found on surfaces or in soil, food, or water that has been contaminated with the feces from infected humans or anima ...
GENERAL INFORMATION Cryptosporidium is a single-celled protozoan parasite commonly found in lakes and rivers, especially when the water is contaminated with sewage and animal waste. HEALTH EFFECTS Cryptosporidium can cause gastrointestinal illness (e.g., ...
Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
GENERAL INFORMATION Well water that effervesces may contain high levels of carbon dioxide in the form of carbonic acid. Carbonic acid is also a name sometimes given to solutions of carbon dioxide in water (carbonated water). Carbonic acid is a weak acid. ...
GENERAL INFORMATION The pH level of your drinking water reflects how acidic it is. pH stands for ñpotential of hydrogen,î referring to the amount of hydrogen found in a substance (in this case, water). pH is measured on a scale that runs from 0 to 14. Sev ...
GENERAL INFORMATION Alkalinity is the buffering capacity of the water. It measures the ability of water bodies to neutralize acids and bases thereby maintaining a fairly stable pH. Water that is a good buffer contains compounds, such as bicarbonates, carb ...