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Fecal Coliform Bacteria

Fecal coliforms include bacteria that may or may not originate from feces. Measuring for fecal coliforms reveals the overall contamination of water with E. Coli and other pathogens.

The presence of fecal coliforms does not always mean that feces are present in the water. When they are, pet waste is often a major contributor to fecal coliform populations, especially in urban areas with a large dog populations. Many communities have enacted pooper scooper ordinances to help reduce the amount of waste in their waterways and increase the quality of their water.

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WaPo

The Washington Post: September 17, 2009 They swoop in when marriage counselors have failed, when all negotiations have broken down and Congress can’t step in to help. They are the nation’s poop scoopers. Just last week we watched these valiant men and women fan out across the Mall, executing their flawless flick-and-scoop technique to banish the READ MORE>>

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