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Subject/Keyword
Escherichia coli
Drinking water
Private well
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Beliveau, Marie C
Supervisor and department
Neumann, Norman (School of Public Health Sciences)
Coleman, Brenda (School of Public Health Sciences)
Examining committee member and department
Yasui, Yutaka (School of Public Health Sciences)
Senthilselvan, Sentil (School of Public Health Sciences)
Davis, Faith (School of Public Health Sciences)
Department
Department of Public Health Sciences
Specialization
Epidemiology
Date accepted
2014-09-29T10:58:23Z
Graduation date
2014-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The focus of this research was to identify environmental risk factors that play a critical role in the contamination of drinking water wells with Escherichia coli. This study used data from a case control-study carried out between April 2005 and September 2006 in Ontario and Alberta, using private water samples submitted from participating public health laboratories. Significant risk factors associated with Escherichia coli contamination of private drinking water wells included the type of water well used, the age of the water well, the housing of livestock on the property and total household income. The age of the water well was identified as a mediator for the type of water well used. The associations between environmental risk factors and Escherichia coli contamination of private drinking water wells provide rational for public health programs to highlight factors home owners should consider when working to prevent well water contamination and identify potential sources of contamination.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3W380
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