Coliform and EPA
Subject: Re: Total Coliform Rule Distribution System Advisory Committee
Date: 7/12/2007 11:43:32 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time
CC: FPecar4525, email@example.com
Jini Mohanty. (pronounced GEE-nee; loosely derived from the Arabic for magician)
I want to thank you for the URL to your webpage on coliform. I had assumed that EPA employees
outside a very small circle in wastewater treatment might not really know that a colifom is 12 very
bad gram negative bacteria, all of which, the medical community acknowledges cause human
harm. However, the webpage leads me to believe otherwise and that the coliform test is a scam to
fool the public. You might want to review the following webpage and see if I made a mistake.
EPA has made a little joke about its criminal activity of exposing public health to these
disease organisms: “When the news media announce a "boil water emergency,"
reporters often speak of a "total coliform violation." Coliforms are a group of bacteria,
most of which are harmless. At first glance, it might seem strange that a harmless group
of bacteria such as coliforms could cause such commotion. But like police tape and
chalk outlines, coliform bacteria are often found at the scene of a crime even though
they are not themselves criminals.”
Strangely, EPA even admits the bacteria are injured during the treatment process, and
show up at the scene of the crime: “Total coliforms are a group of closely related
bacteria that are (with few exceptions) not harmful to humans. Because total coliforms
are common inhabitants of ambient water and may be injured by environmental stresses
(e.g., lack of nutrients) and water treatment (e.g., chlorine disinfection) in a manner
similar to most bacterial pathogens and many viral enteric pathogens." They become
viable, but nonculturable.
In a message dated 7/11/2007 2:15:44 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, Mohanty.Jini@epamail.epa.gov
Coliform is bacteria. Please see our webpage for more information.
Designated Federal Officer
Total Coliform Rule Distribution System Advisory Committee
07/11/2007 02:16 To
PM Jini Mohanty/DC/USEPA/US@EPA
Total Coliform Rule Distribution
System Advisory Committee
I was wondering if you could tell me exactly what a coliform is:
bacteria?, how many involved?, Are they dangerous?