Coliform bacteria make up a large group of bacteria that are found in
soils, on plants, and in surface water. Certain coliform bacteria live
in the intestines of humans and animals. Coliforms are not harmful
themselves, but when present in drinking water, disease-causing
microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites may have gotten
into the water supply by the same route as the coliforms.
Treatment. Water containing coliform bacteria should
be tested for other E. coli and other fecal coliforms. In addition, the
water should be treated disinfected with chlorine bleach. It is best to
have the treatment done by a professional plumber.
Website Resources about Coliform Bacteria
Coliform Bacteria Fact Sheet - Maine.gov Division of Public Health
"Treating our coliform infested well". HinesSight, June 18, 2008.
"Cleaning a Water Well System". Professional Home Inspection.
Coliform Bacteria. Penn State Extension.
http://extension.psu.edu/ . . . /coliform-bacteria
"What Every Realtor Should Know About Private Drinking Water Wells"
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - New England
Website Resources about Ground Water
Ground Water & Drinking Water. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Drinking Water Contaminants - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Basic Information about Pathogens and Indicators in Drinking Water,
National Ground Water Association
Bacteria and Water Wells. American Ground Water Trust.
Water Resources of the United States
Protecting Your Well by Shock Chlorination. Mississippi State
Coliform Bacteria in Your Water. University of Georgia Extension
Private Water Wells
Private Drinking Water Wells - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Well and Water System Disinfection for Private Wells. Minnesota
Department of Health
Private Water Wells. Cornerstone Home Inspections, Waterville, Maine
"How to Disinfect Your Well". University of Maine Cooperative
Water Filtration Systems
Water Filter Buying Guide by National Geographic
"The Nitty Gritty of Filter Types and Technolgies" by Environmental
UV Light Systems & How They Clean Water by Clean Technica
Well Treatment by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A Guide to Drinking Water Treatment Technologies for Household Use -
Home Drinking Water - Quality and Treatment by NSF International
Water Treatment Systems - Consumer Affairs
Home Water Treatment by Cornell University Cooperative Extension
"Ultraviolet Radiation for Disinfecting Household Drinking Water",
Water Treatment Notes, Fact Sheet 10, August 2004, Cornell
Cooperative Extension, College of Human Ecology.
"Disinfection of Drinking Water using UV Light", Water Bulletin,
Spring 2003. Water Quality Program, College of Human Ecology, Cornell
Maine Firms Providing Water Treatment Services
Affordable Water Treatment of Maine
Litchfield and Greene, Maine
Goodwin Well & Water, Inc.
2282 Auburn Road, PO Box 661, North Turner, ME 04266
Air & Water Quality
Freeport & Ellworth, Maine
EverClean Water Treatment Systems, Inc.
St. Albans, Maine
Ward Water, Inc.
Steep Falls, Maine 04085
Water Treatment Equipment, Inc.
Haskell's Water Treatment
Norlen's Water Treatment, LLC