Classification Based on Coliform Counts of Coastal Waters in Metropolitan Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

by F. V. Araujo, Univ Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Ilha do Fundao, Brazil,
M. D. M. Van Weerelt, Univ Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Ilha do Fundao, Brazil,
G. M. O. Franco, Univ Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Ilha do Fundao, Brazil,
C. A. G. Soares, Univ Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Ilha do Fundao, Brazil,
A. N. Hagler, Univ Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Ilha do Fundao, Brazil,
L. C. Mendonçca-Hagler, Univ Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Ilha do Fundao, Brazil,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91

Abstract: Rio de Janeiro is a municipality with approximately 8.7 million inhabitants that produce about 470 tons of sewage per day, of which only 64 receive treatment or are released through a submarine outfall. However, the city of Rio de Janeiro has an evident tourist vocation and its beaches are known world wide. The main tourist hotels are located along the shore attracting thousands of local and international tourists in spite of water conditions in some areas being unsuitable for primary contact recreation. We used levels of fecal coliforms to classify waters used for bathing and shellfish harvest in Rio de Janeiro.

Subject Headings: Bacteria | Sea water | Developing countries | Urban areas | Water pollution | Water quality | Tourism | Beaches | Water-based recreation | Local government | Brazil | South America

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