Category: Waterborne Pathogens

E. coli Monitoring in Utah’s Waters

Each recreation season from May through October, DWQ and cooperating agencies routinely monitor for E. coli around the state as part of many different water quality programs including, TMDL development, targeted watershed monitoring, recreational monitoring, and non-point source projects. Rivers and streams are sampled following a targeted rotating basin schedule. Each year, DWQ works with …

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Recreation:
E. coli Monitoring in Utah’s Waters

How can I reduce my risk of E. coli exposure? To reduce potential health risks, you should assume all surface waters contain some E. coli whether or not it has been monitored or an advisory has been issued. In addition, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself while recreating in Utah’s waters. …

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Resources:
E. coli Monitoring in Utah’s Waters

General Information and Health Effects(CDC) Monitoring Fecal Bacteria (EPA) Fact Sheet (WHO) Recreational Water Quality Criteria Fact Sheet (EPA) DWQ E. coli Sample Collection and Analysis Standard Operating Procedure (1 MB) Utah Water Quality Standards (R317-2) DWQ Health Advisory Flow Chart (47 KB) Guidance 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria Document (EPA) Review of published studies …

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DEQ Monitoring Program Targets E. coli in Utah Waters

By DEQ Communications Office Escherichia coli (E.coli) have been in the news a lot lately. The outbreak in Hildale that claimed the lives of two children, a recent health advisory at Utah Lake’s Sandy Beach, and a boil water order in Lindon City last winter — all attributed to E. coli contamination. And while most …

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