The gatekeepers are there to protect dangerous information that might cause a panic among the public at large,
specifically as it relates to infectious diseases. For this reason, the cause of most infectious disease outbreaks are
never found and classified as unknown sources, even if fecal contaminated waste -- sewage sludge (biosolids) and
sewage effluent (reclaimed or reused water) is involved. The gatekeepers claim these fecal contaminated waste are
safe for human contact because they have been tested for coliforms and relative low levels are found. The gatekeepers
will tell you the coliform are only indicator organisms for possible fecal material containing pathogens in drinking water,
but do not cause disease in humans. As a gatekeeper, CDC assures us there is only a few of these pathogens that may
harm us if our well water is contaminated by fecal contaminated waste.

Politics wants to protect us (actually the politicians) from the results they think panic would cause if we
knew the extent of our exposure and the potential human catastrophes caused by the 1981 sludge disposal
policy developed by EPA and USDA, and approved by FDA and CDC.  It is a fact, the federal laws haven't
been enforced and the EPA policy of magic is not going to work anymore. The 21 Salinas Valley, California
disease outbreaks cause by contaminated produce is just the tip of the iceberg we see of the coming
health and economy disaster. The question is, what will the politicians who swore an oath on the Bible to
uphold the laws (already on the books) do to protect us?

At some point in time, the gatekeepers are exposed:
Coliform is not a taxonomic classification but rather a working definition used to describe the Enterobacteriaceae family,
a group of Gram-negative, facultative anaerobic rod-shaped bacteria that ferments lactose to produce acid and gas
within 48 h at 35°C. The coliform group include the pathogens: ESCHERICHIA COLI, SALMONELLA,  SHIGELLA,
PROVIDENCIA and YERSINIA. In 1914, the U.S. Public Health Service adopted the enumeration of coliforms as a more
convenient standard of sanitary significance.

A total of 579 strains of the family Enterobacteriaceae, isolated from differential diagnostic media, were analyzed by
means of 20 standard tests. In 1.8% of the analyzed strains their species and genus could not be determined due to
unusual reactions in the tests of amino acid decarboxylation and utilization of some carbohydrates.
(Zh Mikrobiol
Epidemiol Immunobiol. 1983 Jun;(6):46-9).

Enterobacteriaceae is a family of Gram-negative bacilli that contains more than 100 species of bacteria that normally
inhabit the intestines of humans and animals. Enterobacteriaceae, that are commonly part of the normal intestinal tract
flora, are referred to as coliforms. Members of the Enterobacteriaceae are relatively small, non-spore forming bacilli.
Some are motile, while others are not. Some have capsules, others do not. Members are frequently resistant to common
antibiotics. They ferment a variety of different carbohydrates. The patterns of this fermentation are used to differentiate
and classify them. Some members are found in soil, water, and decaying matter. Some pathogenic strains also produce
exotoxins, while others produce exotoxins that are called "enterotoxins" because they specifically affect the intestinal
tract, causing diarrhea and body fluid loss. This is, indeed, a diversified family.  

Various species of the Enterobacteriaceae are able to cause pneumonia and urinary tract infections. They are also
recognized as the major cause of wound infections and other nosocomial (hospital acquired) infections. They may also
cause bacteremia and meningitis if conditions are right. These bacteria are estimated to be responsible for about
100,000 deaths each year in the US, and account for about half of all the clinically significant bacteria isolated by
hospital laboratories. They do succumb to relatively low concentrations of common disinfectants, including chlorination;
but their susceptibility to antibiotics varies; and they are now frequently resistant. However,
freezing does not destroy
them -- whether in nature in the water, or on frozen foods contaminated with the bacteria.

The Introduction To Clinical Microbiology, University of Texas - Houston Medical School, describes coliform
as the

"Enterobacteriaceae family have earned a reputation placing them among the most pathogenic and most
often encountered organisms in clinical microbiology. They are the causative agents of such diseases as
meningitis, bacillary dysentery, typhoid, and food poisoning."

Furthermore, according to  Kenneth Todar, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Bacteriology,

"The enterobacteriaceae include agents of food poisoning and gastroenteritis, hospital-acquired infections,
enteric fevers (e.g. typhoid fever) and plague. They also cause infections in domestic, farm and zoo
animals and include an important group of plant pathogens. Their host range includes animals ranging
from insects to humans, as well as fruits, vegetables, grains, flowering plants, and trees."

As the Centers for Disease Control, we would expect these public employees to be truthful with us, but,
according to CDC:

  • Total Coliform
  • Coliform bacteria are microbes found in the digestive systems of warm-blooded animals, in soil, on plants, and in
    surface water. These microbes typically do not make you sick; however, because microbes that do cause disease
    are hard to test for in the water, "total coliforms" are tested instead. If the total coliform count is high, then it is
    very possible that harmful germs like viruses, bacteria, and parasites might also be found in the water.

  • Fecal Coliform / Escherichia coli (E. coli)
  • Fecal coliform bacteria are a kind of total coliform. The feces (or stool) and digestive systems of humans and
    warm-blooded animals contain millions of fecal coliforms. E. coli is part of the fecal coliform group and may be
    tested for by itself. Fecal coliforms and E. coli are usually harmless. However, a positive test may mean that feces
    and harmful germs have found their way into your water system. These harmful germs can cause diarrhea,
    dysentery, and hepatitis. It is important not to confuse the test for the common and usually harmless E. coli with a
    test for the more dangerous E. coli O157:H7.

And the only things we have to worry about in our drinking well water if its contaminated with fecal waste --
biosolids and reclaimed water is:
Health Effects*
  * Healthy individuals may have mild
or no symptoms from these
infections.  They will usually recover
without long-term health problems.  
However, persons with weakened
immune systems may have more
severe or life-threatening illnesses.
· Diarrhea (sometimes bloody),
cramping, abdominal pain, and fever
Escherichia coli (E. coli)
· Bloody or non-bloody diarrhea,
stomach cramps; little or no fever

· Can cause hemolytic uremic
syndrome (HUS) and kidney failure
in young children or the elderly
· Diarrhea, typhoid fever, stomach

· Infection can spread from intestines
to blood and other body sites,
causing serious illness
· Watery or bloody diarrhea, fever,
upset stomach

· Vomiting and stomach cramping
may also occur
· Usually causes mild upper
respiratory, “flu-like” symptoms with
fever and muscle pains, or a rash

· Meningitis is less common, and
illnesses that affect the heart and
brain may occur, but are very rare
Hepatitis A
· Jaundice (yellowing of eyes and
skin), dark urine, tiredness, loss of
appetite, nausea, vomiting, fever,
stomach ache

· Most infected adults will show
symptoms while children often do
not have symptoms (but could still
pass the virus to others)
Norovirus (Norwalk)
· Upset stomach, cramps, vomiting,
and diarrhea

· Headache and low-grade fever may
also occur
· Vomiting, watery diarrhea, stomach
cramps, fever
· Diarrhea, loose or watery stool,
stomach cramps, upset stomach,
and fever

· Usually causes mild illness, but
can be serious or fatal for people
with weakened immune systems
· Diarrhea, loose or watery stool,
stomach cramps  

· Usually causes mild illness, but
can be serious or fatal for people
with weakened immune systems
Health Effects**
  **  These health effects are caused by
consuming large doses of chemicals.
· Short-term: congestion of heart, lungs,
and kidneys; low blood pressure; muscle
spasms; weight loss; damage to adrenal

· Long-term: weight loss, cardiovascular
damage, eye and muscle degeneration;
· Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting,
diarrhea, numbness in hands and
feet, partial paralysis, and blindness

· Can also cause skin damage,
circulatory system problems, and
increased risk of cancer
· An essential nutrient at very low

· High level exposure causes upset
stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, and
stomach cramps  

· Long-term exposure at high levels
can also cause liver and kidney
· Delayed physical and mental
development in babies  

· Shortened attention span, hearing,
and learning abilities of children

· Slightly increased blood pressures
in adults  

· Long-term exposure at high levels
can include stroke, kidney disease,
and cancer
· Kidney damage
· Methemoglobinemia – a blood
disorder that causes shortness of
breath and blueness of skin, and can
lead to serious illness or death

· Methmoglobinemia mainly affects
infants and pregnant women

· Long-term effects include
increased urination and bleeding of
the spleen
· Increases risk of cancer
Volatile Organic Compounds
· Drowsiness and decreased

· Skin irritation

· Some cause cancer after long-term
Revised Summer 2003