Identify the Sources of Fecal Contamination
What is Microbial Source Tracking?
Microbial Source Tracking (MST) is a set of methods used to determine the host (different animals or Human) that contributes fecal pollution to a variety of water bodies. Fecal pollution is a common problem that occurs in many water systems. When high counts of fecal bacteria are present in a water source, it poses a serious health risk for the public as well as economic losses for industries relying on coastal waters.
The application of MST to risk assessment, total maximum daily load (TMDL) assessment or beach monitoring provides a tool for identifying the source of the pollution and allowing for appropriate remediation and preventative measures to be taken.
Fecal pollution can originate from point and non-point sources. Point sources may include sewage, effluent from wastewater treatment plants and stormwater. Nonpoint sources may include leaking septic systems, agriculture or wildlife runoffs where the entry point of contamination to surface waters is not obvious. Nonpoint sources are most apparent after storm events and are the cause of many water system impairments. If it is determined that the major contributor of the fecal pollution of a certain water system is Human, then compromised sewage or septic systems in the area should be the most probable cause. If the major contributor is cattle, then nearby farms should be suspected.
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Source Molecular Corporation is now a step closer to becoming the world’s only ISO 17025-accredited microbial source tracking (MST) laboratory.-endpar- Source Molecular recently completed its pre-assessment with The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), an [...]
Source Molecular Corporation’s participation in a microbial source tracking (MST) project in Ontario, Canada, was mentioned in a publication released early this year by Georgian Bay Forever, a charity dedicated to scientific research and public [...]
Source Molecular Corporation was one of the presenters at the recent stormwater seminar organized by the Chesapeake Water Environment Association with the theme, “Beyond Nutrients: Case Studies and Tools for Addressing TMDLs.”-endpar- Mauricio Larenas, Source [...]
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