COLIFORMS AND ESCHERICHIA COLI AS INDICATORS OF POLLUTION A BRIEF REVIEW
Report No DWI0716

May 1995

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This brief review has been produced as a result of a request from the Department of the Environment for references dealing with the use of coliform organisms and Escherichia coli as indicators of faecal pollution.

A great deal of literature exists on this subject, and it is difficult to identify key reports which give a satisfactory overview. This report provides a selection of suggested references, mostly review articles where the authors have assembled a body of information in a comprehensive but accessible form. It does not claim to be all-embracing, but the papers cited, plus additional references which they provide, should give an adequate overview of the subject.

A bibliography of 22 references is included.

Copies of this report may be available as an Acrobat pdf download under the 'Pre 2000 Reports' heading on the DWI website.