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Viruses From Sewage Contaminate Deep Well Water

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  • Teresa Binstock
    http://cen.acs.org/articles/91/web/2013/04/Viruses-Sewage-Contaminate-Deep-Well.html Scientists once thought that pathogens could not reach drinking water
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 24, 2013
      http://cen.acs.org/articles/91/web/2013/04/Viruses-Sewage-Contaminate-Deep-Well.html

      Scientists once thought that pathogens could not reach drinking water
      wells sunk into deep, protected groundwater aquifers. Nevertheless, over
      the past decade, researchers have identified diarrhea-causing viruses at
      a handful of deep bedrock well sites in the U.S. and Europe. Now,
      researchers in Madison, Wis., report where these pathogenic viruses may
      have originated. The viruses appear to seep from sewer pipes and then
      swiftly penetrate drinking water wells (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI:
      10.1021/es400509b).

      The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not regulate the presence
      of viruses in drinking water, so many public water systems do not
      routinely test for them....










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