Potential Microbial Impacts on Groundwater Quality

by D. Roy Cullimore,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


Over the last decade there has been significant progress in the understanding of sub-surface microbiology. The ubiquity of microorganisms within groundwaters forms a major part of these advances. The differentiation in the forms of microbial activities which can occur in groundwater systems include:suspended planktonic, sessile attached which may be focussed or dispersed within the porous media, or suspended particulates. Each can impact on groundwater quality causing variations in the chemical, physical and biological parameters due to bioaccumulation, clogging, gas generation, corrosion and sloughing.

Subject Headings: Groundwater quality | Microbes | Porous media | Corrosion | Groundwater | Pore water | Chemicals | Biological processes

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