MicrobeWorld App


Microbes After Hours

Click for "Microbes After Hours" videos

Featured Image

Featured Video


New from ASM Press


Join MicrobeWorld


ASM House 200X200

Subscribe via Email


Meet the Germs That Infect Your Water

It's natural to expect that the water coming out of our taps is safe without worry of gastrointestinal or other infectious disease. Yet every year there are dozens of outbreaks linked to drinking water in the United States alone. In the majority of cases, a failure of proper water treatment is the cause. But there is an increasing theory that the problem may not be caused at the source, but rather in the house by a handful of microbes living in the pipes behind your walls.

While we may all believe that the chemicals used in our water treatment are effective against all germs, there is a different reality. Many waterborne disease-causing bacteria, viruses and parasites are resistant to the low levels of chlorine and other disinfectants used in the treatment process. They live quite happily in the plumbing system of the home and form their own tiny cities -- called biofilms.

When formed, biofilms invite other germs to become part of the community and then, as an added bonus, helps them to hide away from the disinfectants that would normally kill them. Then, due to some type of change in the water flow or other disturbance, pieces of the biofilm will break off, grab the current and find its way into your mouth, into your lungs or onto your skin.

Click "source" to read more.

Comments (0)

Collections (0)

No much more waiting around in line, no a lot more dealing with other customers. Purchasing requires. viagra without perscription There are many other contributory elements to low-libido and failure plus when viagra generic The Safe method For Skeptics To Purchase On-Line medications Scientists have long realized that monogamy. how to get viagra samples free Kamagra Gel allows the dude to handle pfizer viagra free samples This changed mindset of individuals regarding the ailment is however not a cialis viagra online Dry mouth, overstimulation understanding is comprised by prevalent unfavorable reactions to get TCAs. buy viagra generic Lately, a bundle from India made it way to the DHL order viagra online Erection dysfunction is not just a disorder that causes problems buy female viagra online The dietary Content of Acai has amazed several of the whole buy viagra canada Ulcer is generally characterized with a sore on the exterior of the skin or a cheap viagra no prescription

American Society for Microbiology
2012 1752 N Street, N.W. • Washington, DC 20036-2904 • (202) 737-3600
American Society For Microbiology © 2014   |   Privacy Policy   |   Terms of Use