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E.-coli (Escherichia coli)

E-coli is the most prevalent member of the fecal coliform group. It is a member of the indigenous fecal flora of warm-blooded animals. The occurrence of E-coli in water is considered a specific indicator of fecal contamination and the presence of enteric pathogens.

The current methods for bacterial analysis of drinking water have the ability to check for both the total coliform group and E-coli.

Sample submission

Sample containers may be picked up in all health district offices during regular business hours. Request a bacteriological or Coliform analysis. Samples must be received and setup within 30 hours of sample collection and kept cool during transit.

  • When collecting samples take care not to contaminate the sample container.
  • Go to a tap where you draw your drinking water and remove aerators, screens, or other devices.
  • Turn the water on to a moderate flow and let run for a minimum of 3 minutes.
  • Without altering the flow, collect your sample.
  • Leave a inch air space at the top of the bottle.
  • Cap the bottle and return it to the laboratory as soon as possible.

For more information and/or assistance, contact the Environmental Health Division at 460 4205 or the BFHD Laboratory at 460 4206.
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Benton Franklin Health District
7102 W Okanogan Pl
Kennewick WA
(509) 460 4200
412 W Clark
Pasco WA
(509) 547-9737

Emergency Contact Information

Personal Emergency for Medical, Police, Fire, or Other: 911
Washington Poison Center: 1 (800) 222-1222 (www.wapc.org)
Washington Community Resource Information: 211 (www.win211.org)
BFHD Public Health Emergency/Imminent Health Hazard After-Hours Reporting: 509-543-3851
The public can reference BFHD policies available in Kennewick office.
BFHD Privacy Statement:English / Spanish
Copies of the annual report available at all BFHD offices.
State and County Resources
Rules and Regulations Administered by or Governing the Benton-Franklin Health District
WAC's - RCW's
Community Health Status Indicators
Reportable Conditions
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