Method for Isolation, Enumeration and Confirmation of Enterococci from Raw, Potable, Process and Recreational Waters by Membrane Filtration


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Enterococci reduce triphenyltetrazolium chloride to insoluble red formazan to produce red, maroon or pink colonies on Slanetz and Bartley (S&B) medium when incubated at 37°C.

Methodology – Environment Agency, The Microbiology of Drinking Water (2012), Part 5 – Methods for the isolation and enumeration of Enterococci.

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A number of different publications and standards cite sulphate methods. BR279 (1995) has largely been superseded by analytical procedures as detailed in TRL 447 and BRE Special Digest:1 2005 3rd Edition. In addition further reference may be made to BS EN 144-1:2009 + A1:2012 for the testing of aggregates and BS 1377:2018 for soils for civil engineering purposes.

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