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Title: Water microbial quality during drinking water treatment technology and distribution provided by two Romanian companies
Authors: Gheorghe, Stefania 
Banciu, Alina 
Lucaciu, Irina 
Tiron, Olga 
Cosma, Cristiana 
Stoica, Catalina 
Dinu, Laurentiu Razvan 
Keywords: Danube River;Drinking water;Microbiological;Romania
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: IWA Publishing
Under European Economic Area Agreement, Romania and Norway have developed a project for monitoring the quality of raw and potable water ( from production technology until distribution) supplied by two Romanian water companies. In the present study was investigated the microbiological quality of water, which was compared with organic matter loads. Resulting free chlorine and trihalomethane compounds after disinfection processes were also analysed. The raw water collected from Danube hydrographical basin showed significant pollution with potential pathogenic microorganisms with faecal origin such as Salmonella sp., Escherichia coli, Enterobacter sp., Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis, Citrobacter braakii, Providencia stuartii, and
Enterococcus sp. Also other bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter, total number
of bacteria at 22 and 37 WC were detected, being related to high water oxidability. The microbial load
was reduced considerably after the disinfection process. However, the total number of bacteria at
22 or 37 WC was constantly higher than the imposed limit and Clostridium perfringens was identified
occasionally. The tap water presented a sporadic microbial loading with Enterococcus sp., Pseudomonas aeruginosa and E. coli and constantly with total number of bacteria due to an improper water distribution network.
Water Science and Technology - Water Supply, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 66-74, 2015
ISSN: 1606-9749
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