Hydrodynamical effects on spatial distribution of enteric bacteria in the Jordan River-Lake Kinneret contact zone

Talya Bergstein Ben-Dan, Boris Shteinman, Yuri Kamenir, Orly Itzhak, Ayala Hochman

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine under what hydrodynamic conditions the change in the number of enteric bacteria in the water of the River Jordan-Lake Kinneret contact zone was due to sedimentation and under what conditions the change was due to dilution. The data were then utilized to build a conceptual model explaining the distribution of biological pollutants (bacteria) in the river-lake contact zone of a shallow tropical lake. The study uses, as an example, the microbial communities of the River Jordan-Lake Kinneret contact zone. The changes in numbers of three groups of bacteria (fecal coliforms, Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae) along the jet flow agree well with changes in the concentration of suspended particulate matter, caused by the sedimentation of particles. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-314
Number of pages4
JournalWater Research
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Funding

FundersFunder number
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation

    Keywords

    • Hydrodynamics
    • Lake Kinneret
    • Pathogenic microorganisms
    • Sedimentation
    • Suspended particulate matter

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