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Scott Bradford 10122000 Adv Biology The article School playing it safe after bacteria found in water alerts readers to the horrific fact of the presence of coliform bacteria Examples of coliform bacteria are members in the genera Escherichia E Coli Klebsiella K Pneumoniae Enterobacter E Cloacai and Citrobacter C Freundii These types of bacteria are nonsporing facultative rod-shaped bacteria that ferment lactose with gas formation within 48 hours at 35 degrees C They are generally small and gram-negative facultative anaerobes This type of bacteria is known for inhabiting the intestines of human beings and other vertebrates In humans it is responsible for digestion diseases On Thursday October 4 during a routine check of East Rockford Middle School bacteria was found in the water They claim that the bacterium was innocuous and that many of its types are actually harmless This is what they believe they have found They claim that E coli - the bacterium associated with fecal material and raw sewage - was not found As a result of the bacterium found warning signs were placed next to all water emitting mechanisms - excluding drinking fountains which were covered with plastic bags As a result of the closed drinking fountains the school placed large water coolers strategically around the school and dispensed cups The school has been credited by dealing with the problem quickly and effectively Relate to class I feel that school has done an excellent job in dealing with the problem As soon as they were notified of the problem they acted They closed down all drinking fountains and provided a new source of drinkableuncontaminated water They notified all parents and planed to decontaminate the water over the weekend I am however concerned with the fact of not knowing how long the water was contaminated How long have thousands of kids been drinking this bacterially infested water Are the kids at fault for being sick after drinking the water which the school
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