Thursday, November 10, 2011
Norovirus In Groundwater
But wait a minute, in digging deeper, the report divulges that the norovirus in this study was put into groundwater taken from the well and kept in the lab for the entire study. This is a far cry from placing the norovirus in the groundwater and letting it transmit through the aquifer to be withdrawn from a well and then consumed. Keep in mind, that groundwater is largely an anaerobic environment at a constant temperature usually somewhere between 50 and 60 degrees F. This is a much different environment than water sitting in a lab at room temperature. And also groundwater quality, depth of occurrence and virtually every other condition you can think of is so varied from place to place that these results can't possibly be transferable.
I don't doubt that the norovirus may last a longer time in the groundwater than we may have suspected to date, but shouldn't we demand a real experiment to test its longevity? Come on Emery. And don't forget this is Georgia groundwater to boot! Now in the Ogallala, I doubt the nasty norovirus could even last three hours. I've never seen any.