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Common Bacteria Found in Drinking Water Distribution Systems and Their Health Implications

EasyChair Preprint no. 13580

22 pagesDate: June 6, 2024


The presence of bacteria in drinking water distribution systems poses a significant risk to public health. This abstract provides an overview of common bacteria found in these systems and their associated health implications.


Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a well-known bacterium that indicates fecal contamination, and its presence in water can lead to gastrointestinal illnesses such as diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Legionella pneumophila, commonly found in water systems, can cause severe respiratory illnesses including Legionnaires' disease and pneumonia. Pseudomonas aeruginosa, another prevalent bacterium, can result in skin and soft tissue infections like folliculitis and cellulitis. Salmonella spp., often introduced through contaminated water sources, can cause gastrointestinal illnesses similar to E. coli. Campylobacter jejuni, primarily associated with animal feces, can cause gastrointestinal illnesses as well.


These bacteria, when ingested or inhaled, can lead to a range of health issues, including diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, respiratory problems, and systemic infections. Vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems are particularly at risk.

Keyphrases: control, hand hygiene, measures, Prevention, respiratory etiquette, vaccination

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  author = {Godwin Olaoye and Harold Jonathan},
  title = {Common Bacteria Found in Drinking Water Distribution Systems and Their Health Implications},
  howpublished = {EasyChair Preprint no. 13580},

  year = {EasyChair, 2024}}
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