Distribution of Acanthamoeba spp. in Raw Water and Water Treatment Process

상수원수 및 정수처리공정별 가시아메바 분포특성에 관한 연구

  • 정은영 (부산광역시 상수도사업본부 수질연구소) ;
  • 정미은 (부산광역시 상수도사업본부 수질연구소) ;
  • 박홍기 (부산광역시 상수도사업본부 수질연구소) ;
  • 정종문 (부산광역시 상수도사업본부 수질연구소) ;
  • 노재순 (부산광역시 상수도사업본부 수질연구소) ;
  • 유평종 (부산광역시 상수도사업본부 수질연구소)
  • Published : 2008.10.30


The free-living amoeba and Acanthamoeba sp. are widely distributed in fresh water, soil, air and dust in the world. We studied distribution of amoeba from low Nakdong River(Mulgum and Maeri) and removal efficiency in water treatment process of Busan metropolitan city. During this investigation, water quality showed pH $7.4{\sim}9.6({\pm}1.1)$, water temperature $2.0{\sim}29.0({\pm}17)^{\circ}C$, turbidity $4.8{\sim}27.4({\pm}11.0)$ NTU, chlorophyll-a $10.3{\sim}109.0({\pm}44.3)\;mg/m^{3}$, BOD $1.7\sim4.9({\pm}2.6)$ mg/L, COD $3.1\sim-6.9({\pm}5.0)$ mg/L and total coliform $17\sim920({\pm}200.5)$ MPN/100 mL. The free-living amoeba were detected highly than Acanthamoeba sp., 11 out of 22 in raw water samples were positive (50%) for Acanthamoeba sp. from February 2005 to December 2005. The seasonal characteristics of tree-living amoeba and Acanthamoeba sp. in raw water were mainly distributed through the spring to the early fall. When tree-living amoeba and Acanthamoeba sp. were passed through the water treatment of pilot-plant, approximately 80% was sure to be removed through pre-ozonation, sedimentation, send filtration. 100% was removed after post-ozonation process. All of the isolated amoebas from Nakdong River were Acanthamoeba sp. AC311 18S ribosomal RNA gene with 98% nucleotide sequence homology.


Free-living amoeba;Acanthamoeba;Water treatment process;Low Nakdong River


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