Biofilm Ecology in Philadelphia’s East Park Distribution System and the Efficacy of Control Strategies

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

Most microorganisms in nature grow attached to surfaces, encased in a protective matrix — or biofilm. Our research focuses on the growth and control of microbial biofilm in the East Park Reservoir distribution system. Ultimately, we will test different disinfectant agents for their ability to inactivate distribution system biofilms.

Funded by: Philadelphia Water Department

Principal Investigator: Louis A. Kaplan

Collaborators: David A. Stahl (University of Washington) and Anne K. Camper (Montana State University)

Project Years: 2006, 2007, 2008