• What parasites (micro-organisms) can be found in drinking water?

    There are three types of disease-causing micro-organisms that can affect your drinking water:

    Bacteria and Viruses are waterborne micro-organisms commonly found in contaminated water sources. Bacteria/Viruses can be found in surface water, dug wells, lake water, and even deep wells. Some types of bacteria/viruses are disease-causing organisms that can cause serious health problems.

    Giardia is a microscopic parasite that can be found in contaminated surface water, lakes, streams, shallow wells, and even municipal water sources. The parasite is from human and animal waste that has contaminated water. Giardia is one of the most common causes of waterborne diseases in North America. The most common way to be infected by Giardia is by drinking contaminated water. Giardia is highly infectious and can be passed person- to -person by contact. Some of the most common symptoms of Giardia are Giardiasis (intestinal infection) is Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, weight loss, headaches, and fever.

  • Cryptosporidium is a microscopic parasite that can be found in contaminated water from lakes, streams, rivers, surface water, shallow wells, and even municipal water sources. The parasite causes an illness called "Cryptosporidiosis" found in your intestine. You can become infected by drinking contaminated water. Cryptosporidium is also chlorine- resistant and can survive in municipal water sources.

    Some of the most common symptoms of Cryptosporidiosis is watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, fever, and dehydration. However, you can be infected, and have no symptoms. Cryptosporidiosis is highly infectious and can be passed person-to-person.