What it tests
There are a number of biological indicators that CARO can test for associated with drinking water. This package gives a basic list of these concerns in your drinking water.
Total Coliforms and E.coli: Exists naturally in soil, water, and vegetation. Nearby septic systems, sewage discharges, and domestic or wild animal life can promote coliform growth. Most coliform bacteria will not likely cause any illness. However, these bacterias are used as indicators in water tests because their presence shows if disease-causing organisms (pathogens) could also be in the water. E.coli is considered the type of coliform that is the best indicator of fecal contamination with the possibility to carry pathogens.
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