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Inactivation of bacterial biothreat agents in water, a review

Citation:

Rose, L. AND Gene Rice. Inactivation of bacterial biothreat agents in water, a review. JOURNAL OF WATER AND HEALTH. IWA Publishing, London, Uk, , 618–633, (2014).

Impact/Purpose:

Water supplies and water distribution systems have been identified as potential targets for contamination by bacterial biothreat agents. Since the 2001 Bacillus anthracis bioterrorist attacks, additional efforts have been aimed at research to characterize biothreat organisms in regards to their susceptibility to disinfectants and treatment technologies currently in use for potable water. Here, we present a review of research relevant to disinfection of bacteria with the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety, and their potential surrogates. The efficacy of chlorine, monochloramine, chlorine dioxide, and ultraviolet light to inactivate each organism in suspension is described. The complexities of disinfection under varying water quality conditions and when the organisms are associated with biofilms in distribution systems are discussed.

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Journal article

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Product Published Date: 12/31/2014
Record Last Revised: 03/14/2019
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 331031

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HOMELAND SECURITY RESEARCH CENTER

WATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION DIVISION