Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Luster-Teasley, Stephanie Dr.


Water and soil treatment for the eradication of pathogens are important today and will forever be of importance in the future. It has been noted that poor water quality poses major threat to human health and is responsible for the deaths of 1.8 million people annually worldwide, with over 90% (1.6 million) of the reported cases being children under the age of five (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, 2005). Fresh water can be accessed for personal use and recreation through fresh water sources, such as rivers, lakes, groundwater and springs. These sources, especially surface water sources, are exposed to high concentration of pollutants. These pollutants pose major threats to humans; hence, this issue needs to be addressed. Bacterial profiling was conducted to understand the pathogenic pollution levels in Lake A and B at the Greensboro’s Country Park. The indicated levels of both lakes had values that surpassed US EPA criteria, which made it suitable for water treatment with controlled release chemical oxidant polymer (CRCOP). CRCOP was successful in the eradication of E. coli and Enterococci bacteria. Soil treatment experiments indicated the need for soil to be saturated for CRCOP to be effective.