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Chlorine vs. Diseases

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6. Coliform bacteria is bad for my health:

  • True
  • False

False - Coliform bacteria is a general term that describes a group of related bacteria that live in water, soil, and animal (and human) intestines. Most of these bacteria are harmless and actually help us digest our food. Coliform bacteria are used as a measure of water quality because the extent of their presence can indicate if the water has been contaminated with fecal matter, which probably contains harmful pathogens.

Source: Unites States Environmental Protection Agency, Envirofacts Warehouse, http://www.epa.gov/enviro/html/icr/gloss_path.html


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