An investigation of sanitary indicator bacteria in a macrophyte wastewater-treatment system

J Perkins, C Hunter

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During recent years, many studies have attempted to determine the efficiency of macrophyte systems in removing a wide range of chemical substances and in the amelioration of wastewaters to attain effluent-quality standards. However, despite the importance of microbiological indicators of water quality for determining the suitability of water for recreational and public-supply purposes, little research has focused on the dynamics of sanitary indicator bacteria in macrophyte systems. This study reports the initial findings of such an investigation for a macrophyte raft-lagoon system which was used in the treatment of sewage at Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, England.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-145
Number of pages5
JournalWater and Environment Journal
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • faecal coliform
  • faecal streptococci
  • lagoon
  • macrophyte system
  • reedbed
  • sanitary indicator bacteria

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