A field study was performed to investigate reduction by dune infiltration and to estimate sticking efficiencies of F-specific RNA bacteriophages, total and thermotolerant coliforms, faecal streptococci and spores of sulphite-reducing clostridia. Reduction was considered as a β-binomially distributed process and a Monte Carlo simulation was applied for estimating sticking efficiencies. Reduction of F-specific RNA bacteriophages within the first 2m was 3.8 log10 and the sticking efficiency was about 0.002. The faecal indicator bacteria were removed only 0.9 log10 within 2m and sticking efficiency was 0.007. Concentrations of spores of sulphite reducing clostridia were reduced 1.9 log10 and their sticking efficiency was about 0.009.
- F-specific RNA bacteriophages
- sulphite-reducing clostridia spores
- dune infiltration
- sticking efficiency
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