Effects of activated carbon and bacteriostatic filters on microbiological quality of drinking water.

Applied and Environmental Microbiology (Impact Factor: 3.95). 04/1981; 41(3):646-51.
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ABSTRACT Three activated carbon filters for point-of-use water treatment were tested in laboratory and field studies for chemical removal and microbiological effects on water. All removed free available chlorine in municipally treated water to below the limit of detection, but removed only about 50 to 70% of the total available chlorine and 4 to 33% of the total organic carbon. Standard plate count bacteria in the effluent increased steadily with time for 3 weeks and remained elevated over the 8-week period of the study. Total coliform bacteria were found to persist and proliferate on the filters for several days after transient contamination of the influent water. Silver-containing activated carbon filters suppressed total coliform but not total bacterial growth. Pseudomonas aeruginosa was recovered from the effluents of all filters at some time during the tests.

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