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 contamination.
Some short terms symptoms that may be caused by pathogens indicated by fecal coliforms are diarrhea, cramps, nausea and headaches.
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MCL ADVISORY - ACTION IS REQUIRED
Fecal coliform levels were detected in your water sample to exceed the maximum contaminant level (MCL).
Major sources in drinking water:
Human and animal fecal waste
- Ohio Department of Health - Private Water Systems Program - Water Quality - Total and Fecal Coliform
- USEPA - Water: Basic Information about Regulated Drinking Water Contaminants - Basic Information about Pathogens and Indicators in Drinking Water
- USEPA - Water: Monitoring & Assessment - Fecal Bacteria
- CDC - Drinking Water - Well Testing