The effect of well depth and septic tank distance on Escherichia coli and total coliform presence in private wells at Vilas County rental properties by Robert Rosner

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The effect of well depth and septic tank distance on Escherichia coli and total coliform presence in private wells at Vilas County rental properties by Robert Rosner

Subject

Biology

Description

Because Escherichia coli and other coliform bacteria pose a risk to public health through
waterborne illnesses, it is necessary to investigate the impact of well depth and septic tank proximity on bacterial contamination in rural private wells. I hypothesized that coliform contamination in wells correlates to shallow well depth and proximity to a household septic tank. To test this hypothesis, I sampled 182 wells at rental properties in Vilas County, a rural county in north central WI. My results showed that well depth and septic tank proximity had no significant influence on total coliform acteria or E. coli contamination. Additional studies with larger sample sizes are required to determine the effect of well depth, septic tank distance, and other well construction factors on coliform contamination in groundwater wells.

Creator

Rosner, Robert

Source

Senior Showcase Poster Presentation

Publisher

Ripon College

Date

April 23, 2019

Rights

The author reserves all rights.

Format

pdf

Identifier

Major: Biology
Minor: Math, English

Files

RosnerR_Sp_2019.pdf
SeniorSemPosterFinal.pdf

Citation

Rosner, Robert, “The effect of well depth and septic tank distance on Escherichia coli and total coliform presence in private wells at Vilas County rental properties by Robert Rosner,” Senior Showcase Digital Collection, accessed February 3, 2023, https://rcseniorshowcase.omeka.net/items/show/107.

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