Project #4379

State of the Science and Research Needs for Opportunistic Pathogens in Premise Plumbing

$149,004
Completed
Principle Investigator
Amy
Pruden
Research Manager
Ms. Mary Smith
Contractor
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Opportunistic Pathogens
Microbes & Pathogens

Abstract

This report presents information on the state of the science and research needs for opportunistic pathogens in premise plumbing (OPPPs) based on a WaterRF Expert Workshop. The report focuses on five model OPPPs: Legionella pneumophila, Mycobacterium avium Complex (MAC), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acanthamoeba spp., and Naegleria fowleri. Current understanding of their epidemiology, microbial ecology, methodology, and engineering controls are discussed. Published in 2013.