Project #1570

Microbial Contaminants in Recreational Waters: A Primer for 2012

Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Dr. Daniel M. Woltering, Ph.D.
Argonne National Laboratory
Water Quality
Constituents of Emerging Concern (CECs)
Risk Assessment
Microbes & Pathogens


This research attempts to raise awareness of current regulations and possible recommendations for future requirements, and to encourage water quality professionals to become informed and prepared for future developments. It provides an overview of the events that led up to the call for a comprehensive review of existing recreational water quality criteria and conventional sampling and analytical methods. The report includes a historical overview of the evolution of microbial detection and quantification methods, the introduction of new detection and risk assessment methods, the evolution of ambient water quality criteria and regulations, and the potential implications of anticipated recommendations. Published by WERF. 36 pages. Online PDF. (2011)

Originally funded as WERF project PATH8R11.