Researchers say there is over 10 Million bacteria in a glass of water. The environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all public water to be tested and reported each year. However, if you check your zip code you will find that Boise, Meridian, and the surrounding communities are several years behind the reporting procedure. You cannot smell, taste, or see bacteria so it is up to you to have your water tested regularly. There are bacteria, viruses in the water and if there is Coliform bacteria you can assume there are pathogens known as parasites in your drinking water. E Coli and fecal coliform are bacteria from human or animal waste.Short term effects of bacteria in your drinking water causes, nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and headaches. There is a greater risk for people with weak immune systems including the elderly and children. Microorganisms found in the environment are bacteria are Shigella, Escherichia coli, Vibrio and Salmonella and E coli. Viruses can be found in water including Norwalk, rotaviruses, protozoans such as Entamoeba, Giardia and Cryptosporidium are found in water. You cannot see it, but it may be lurking in your water. Until someone starts to feel bad you may not even consider your water is the culprit. How to remove bacteria from your drinking water?· Rapid boil for 1 full minute, or a home purification system that will remove bacteria down to less than 0.3 microns and a Reverse Osmosis to 0.001 microns.