Source Sampling

Des O'Connor des at
Sat Dec 8 09:00:27 EST 2001


I think the value of the storage  tactics you mention  may  be low.

Bacterial waterborne pathogens  such as gram negative rods for example have
realtively short but variable half lifes  in stored water samples.

Chilling or freezing may  oprate to produce non recoverability. Such factors
would therefore cloud any epidemiological  effort.

While a few know water bourne pathogens ( some viruses, spores etc)  may
surive extended retention under the stroge conditions mentioned I would
suggest most would not.

If there is risk to public health in your area  then adivse your funding
authority to get their ethics in and stop putting human health at risk.

Hope this helps.


<rtjoseph at> wrote in message news:3c116bd5.157446750 at
> I am looking for comments and references to sampling water across a
> municiple water distribution system.
> In order to determine the source of infections, it is suggested to
> sample points across the distribution system and store them from some
> time.  If an outbreak of a disease occurs, the samples may then be
> tested to see if water distribution system contributed to the spread
> and how.  (Regular testing all samples is usually considered too
> expensive as the occurance is believed to be so low.)
> How long can a sample be considered viable for testing if sealed in a
> bottle and shelved?  Is refrigeration or freezing more appropriate?
> Are there standards for such sampling and holding?
> Ray

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