E. coli is considered as an emerging cause of waterborne illnesses in the world today. E. coli (Escherichia coli) is a species of bacteria that typically thrive in the digestive tracts of humans and animals. While most E. coli strains are harmless, some of them are potent and pathogenic enough to cause conditions like bloody diarrhea, and at times even severe anemia or kidney failure.
Harmful E. coli strains can contaminate water through contact with human and animal waste. During a rainy day, for example, E. coli may be washed into rivers, streams, and other bodies of water. Once the water from the contaminated sources are used as drinking water (and was not adequately treated), the E. coli may subsequently wind up being consumed by unknowing people, potentially starting an E. coli outbreak.
Effective Water Treatment
Fortunately, it is possible to keep E. coli contamination at bay. It is highly recommended that you treat water before drinking it, either through conventional methods like boiling or relying on advanced reverse osmosis machines. Keep in mind though that drinking isn’t the only way E. coli bacteria can enter the body—it can also do so via food. For instance, if you wash raw meat using untreated water, the contaminants can transfer from the water to the meat. You can prevent such from happening by simply purifying the water before use, preferably with an effective reverse osmosis filtration unit.