The Fallacious Fecal Coliform or What is a Fecal Coliform Anyway?


Instructor: Michael Brodsky
Product ID: 706710
Training Level: Intermediate

  • Duration: 60 Min
All public water systems (PWSs), except aircraft PWSs subject to the Aircraft Drinking Water Rule (ADWR) (40 CFR 141 Subpart X), must comply with the RTCR as of April 1, 2016. Are you in compliance 5 years later? In this webinar, learn what do you need to do to be in compliance?
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Why Should You Attend:

Total coliforms are a group of related bacteria that are (with few exceptions) not harmful to humans but are found in human waste (sewage). A variety of microbial pathogens in sewage can potentially cause health problems if humans ingest them. EPA no longer considers enumeration of total coliforms a useful indicator of other pathogens for drinking water. Total coliforms are used to determine the adequacy of water treatment and the integrity of the distribution system. The focus is now on the detection Escherichia coli, a more definitive indicator of recent fecal contamination.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • Waterborne Pathogens
  • The concept of indicator organisms
  • The Current Total Coliform Rule (TCR) – Background
  • Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) – History
  • RTCR Requirements
  • Key Provisions of RTCR
  • Comparison of RTCR vs. TCR

Who Will Benefit:

  • Water System operators
  • Laboratory Managers.
  • QA Managers,
  • QC Analysts,
Instructor Profile:
Michael Brodsky

Michael Brodsky
President, Brodsky Consultants

Michael has a post-graduate degree from the University of Toronto, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has been an Environmental Microbiologist for more than 49 years, as a research scientist and Laboratory Director in both the public and private sectors. He currently operates as the President of Brodsky Consultants. He is a Past President of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), the Ontario Food Protection Association (OFPA) and AOAC International. He serves as co-Chair for the AOAC Expert Review Committee for Microbiology, as a scientific reviewer in Microbiology for the AOAC OMA and the AOAC Research Institute, as a reviewer for Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater and as a chapter editor on QA for the Compendium of Methods in Microbiology. He is also a technical assessor in microbiology for the Standard Council of Canada and as a lead auditor/assessor for the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA).

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