Degree Granting Department
cryptosporidiosis, giardiasis, protozoan, wastewater filtration, wastewater treatment
The concern of a Cryptosporidium or Giardia waterborne outbreak due to treated wastewater has had water treatment utilities using some of the highest water cleansing technologies available. Cryptosporidiosis and Giardiasis are severe diarrheal diseases which can lead to death, thus it is important that appropriate steps are taken to assure these parasites are not present in the effluent of treated wastewater. This study examined the results of 863 assays for Giardia and Cryptosporidium on the effluent of wastewater treatment facilities and found that county of collection, watershed of collection, and laboratory analyzing the sample have the most significant impact on the detection of Cryptosporidium oocysts and Giardia cysts in wastewater effluent and that there were minimal but significant differences in method of treatment and method of filtration. To date no other comprehensive analysis of this data has been done.
Scholar Commons Citation
Barkan, Katherine Jane, "Analysis of Variable Effects on Presence of Cryptosporidium Oocysts and Giardia Cysts in Effluent Water from Wastewater Treatment Utilities in Florida from 1998 to 2010" (2012). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.