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 Rapid Detection of Microbial Contamination of
 Water: Application of Molecular Technologies
 to Source and Potable Water Monitoring

Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.


Microbial pathogens continue to contaminate drinking water supplies and cause waterborne disease outbreaks, despite current regulations designed to prevent and control the spread of microbial pathogens in public and individual water systems. EPA currently regulates two indicators of microbiological drinking water quality: total coliform and turbidity. These two indicators may not be enough to detect all types of microbial contamination because of the great diversity of microbial pathogens.

This Action Team works to develop molecular detection technologies for monitoring water, compare molecular detection technologies to existing methods, and facilitate acceptance of molecular methods.


Keya Sen, Lead
EPA Office of Water
(513) 569-7026

Name Organization Phone
Nichole Brinkman EPA (513) 569-7315
Robert Fuerst EPA (919) 541-2220
Misha Hasan American Water Works Association Research Foundation (303) 347-6122
Sam Hayes EPA (513) 569-7514
Marilyn Marshall EPA (520) 621-1469
Carrie Moulton EPA (513) 569-7919
Angela Page EPA (202) 343-9826
Sandhya Parshionikar EPA (513) 569-7123
Patricia Ritchey EPA (913) 551-7409
James Sinclair EPA (513) 569-7970


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