Definition

Microbes, short for micro-organisms, are single-cell life forms that can only be seen through a microscope. Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms, or pathogens. Pathogens include various types of bacteria, viruses, protozoan parasites, and other organisms.

What pathogens do EPA regulate in drinking water, and what are their health effects?

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EPA – More basic information about Pathogens and indicators in drinking water

What’s in the Water


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