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Water 2017, 9(11), 823; doi:10.3390/w9110823

The Spatiotemporal Distribution of Two Bacterial Indexes in a Small Tibetan Plateau Watershed

Key Laboratory of Environmental Remediation, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, China Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
College of Resources and Environment, University of China Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
Institute of Environmental Health and Related Product Safety, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing 100050, China
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Received: 18 September 2017 / Revised: 23 October 2017 / Accepted: 25 October 2017 / Published: 30 October 2017
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Microbial contamination is now more common than chemical contamination in Tibet, and water-borne microbes can cause a number of diseases that threaten public health. Thus, in order to clarify the spatiotemporal distribution of bacteria in small watersheds for which there is no data in Tibet, four sampling points were set up along an upstream-downstream transect of the Xincang River Basin. A total of 239 water samples were collected in 2014 and 2015, and their total constituent numbers of bacteria (TB) and coliforms (TC) were evaluated. The results of this study show that the microbial contamination of the Xincang River Basin is mild-to-moderate in terms of TB and TC contents, and that these concentrations vary significantly in different seasons. The results show that in summer, TB and TC concentrations and microbial contamination are almost at the same level in upstream, midstream, and downstream sections; however, in the other three seasons, microbial contamination in the downstream section is more serious than in the upstream and midstream sections. The data also demonstrates that concentrated precipitation and local contamination sources are important factors underlying increases in TB and TC concentrations during the summer months. The results of this study are likely to reflect the basic characteristics of small watersheds for which there is no data to some extent, and are thus of significant practical importance for protecting their ecological environments and promoting sustainable development. View Full-Text
Keywords: microbial contamination; bacteria; contamination sources; small watershed; Tibetan Plateau microbial contamination; bacteria; contamination sources; small watershed; Tibetan Plateau

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Zhao, T.; Chen, Y.; Yao, W.; Ye, B.; Song, B. The Spatiotemporal Distribution of Two Bacterial Indexes in a Small Tibetan Plateau Watershed. Water 2017, 9, 823.

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