Journal article

Uncertainties in stormwater E. coli levels

DT McCarthy, A Deletic, VG Mitchell, TD Fletcher, C Diaper

WATER RESEARCH | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

Although water-quality monitoring programs have been widely used to identify and understand the level of pollution in urban stormwater systems, these data are often used without due consideration of the inherent uncertainties contained within these measurements. This study focuses on the uncertainties associated with the monitored levels of Escherichia coli, a common microbial indicator, in urban stormwater. Four sites located in Melbourne, Australia, were used to assess the uncertainty of six stormwater flow and E. coli variables: (1) discrete E. coli concentration, (2) stormwater flow rate, (3) stormwater event volume, (4) event mean concentration (EMC) of E. coli (i.e. a flow-weighted ave..

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