In this paper the results of a sampling programme, undertaken as part of the EU MicroRisk project, are described. This project was undertaken to ascertain the occurrence of pathogens and indicators in the River Thames and their subsequent removal through a treatment works. Appropriate physico-chemical surrogates, as determined by statistical correlation are proposed for the microorganisms identified in the raw water. This study shows that under normal raw water conditions the treatment works is able to remove microbial contamination with a significant margin of safety.

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