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Drinking Water Exposure to Chemical and Pathogenic Contaminants: Waterborne Pathogens and Indicators

Potential pathogenic water contaminants include many different species of bacteria, protozoans, and viruses. Disinfection of drinking water protects human health from numerous potential pathogenic contaminants. However, many illnesses are attributable to waterborne pathogens each year in the United States.

The U.S. Geological Survey is conducting research on sources, occurrence, and movement of targeted pathogenic organisms in ambient, recreational, and drinking water sources. Chemical and microbial indicators of pathogen occurrence are also being researched by USGS.

In drinking water

Sources, environmental occurrence, fate and transport

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