Project #4983

Evaluating Legionella Detection Rates and Occurrence by Distribution System Characteristics in a Community Water System

$132,268
In Progress
Principal Investigator
Jessie
Gleason
Research Manager
Dr. Hyunyoung Jang
Contractor
New Jersey Dept of Health & SSC&EHS
Opportunistic Pathogens
Microbes & Pathogens
Pipes
Water Quality

Abstract

A limited amount of research has provided Legionella sample results from a community water distribution system and little to no results to directly associate community water systems with Legionella growth. This research project will examine Legionella occurrence and concentration throughout the public water distribution system and analyze these by distribution system characteristics and water quality parameters. Detection of Legionella will occur through rapid screening molecular methods, and will be validated via conventional culturing for positive ID and serotyping. Tailored Collaboration partner: Passaic Valley Water Commission.