f2 Coliphage as Tracer in Wastewater Basin

by Kazuyoshi Kawata, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Envir. Health, Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD,
Vincent P. Oliveri, Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Envir. Health, Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD,


Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 6, Pg. 1307-1310


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: In an effort to find a suitable tracer to determine virus flow-through in a sedimentation basin, the f2 coliphage was selected. This note demonstrates that the limitations of a biological tracer are no more serious than those of chemical tracers normally used. An example of the use of f2 coliphage as a tracer is provided. During a virus study determining flow-through time at a wastewater treatment unit, using the f2 coliphage as a tracer is shown to be convenient and its use is accomplished with little difficulty.

Subject Headings: Probe instruments | Viruses | Basins | Sediment | Biological processes | Chemicals | Wastewater treatment | Water reclamation

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