Drinking coliform bacteria is potentially fatal for infants, the elderly and individuals who are ill, according to Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. Fatalities are due to acute intestinal infections caused... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

There can be coliform bacteria in well water when the well is defective. Drinking water should not contain any presence of coliform bacteria for safety reasons, explains the Vermont Department of Health. If coliform bact... More » Science Biology

Fecal coliform are bacteria that can cause hepatitis, dysentery, cholera, ear infection and typhoid fever, according to the North Dakota Department of Health. The bacteria are commonly found in natural bodies of water, n... More » Science Biology
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Fecal coliform are the bacteria most commonly found in natural water, says Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service. Most of these bacteria are harmless to humans because they serve as part of a normal, healthy d... More » Education

A coliform count is the general indication of safety of drinking water supplies in an area, explains the New York Department of Health. It measures the levels of fecal bacteria and E. coli in a water supply, giving an in... More » Geography Bodies of Water

Bleach is the suggested method for killing coliform bacteria, which seeps into wells from soil and surface water, according to PennState Extension. Testing water and follow-up prevention is recommended to keep coliform f... More » Home & Garden Cleaning