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Waterborne Pathogens

lake water reflection. Credit:PhotodiscFloridians rightfully brag about the bounty of water resources in our state. We enjoy beautiful beaches and springs. But how do we know that our tap and well water is safe to drink and our beaches are free from pollutants? Most of us can easily detect particulates, unpleasant odors or strange colors: all signs of poor quality. Detecting waterborne pathogens and toxins, however, is not that easy.