STUDYING MICROBIOLOGY OF RAIN WATER FOR OF THEIR USE IN ECONOMY
Monika Zdeb 1  
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Justyna Zamorska 1  
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Treatment Plant and Water Protection Division, Department of Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Architecture, University of Rzeszow, Powstańców Warszawy 6 Av., 35-959 Rzeszów, Poland
Publish date: 2016-07-01
 
J. Ecol. Eng. 2016; 17(3):203–208
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Growing areas of sealed surfaces, rising water needs due to industry development, increasing populations, and climatic changes affect precipitation patterns and form a vision of the future in which meteoric water storage may become almost an obligatory activity. The aim of this paper was to identify the amounts and, to some degree, the quality of microorganisms present in rainwater collected from different types of rooftops of utility buildings in the spring-summer season. Apart from the classic culture plate method complemented by flow cytometry. The results of performed analyses explicitly show that rainwater collected from rooftops and directly from air prove to be microbially contaminated to a substantial degree, which includes pathogenic coliforms and faecal streptococci. Waters collected after dry periods also contained bacteria like Clostridium perfingens. The findings rule out the possibility of using rainwater collected from roof surfaces of utility buildings before its treatment.