Microbiological Water Quality of Rivers in Montenegro

Stoimir Kolarević, Margareta Kračun-kolarević, Jovana Jovanović, Marija Ilić, Momir Paunović, Jovana Kostić-vuković, Rajko Martinović, Sandra Jokanović, Danijela Joksimović, Vladimir Pešić, Alexander K. T. Kirschner, Rita Linke, Simone Ixenmaier, Andreas Farnleitner, Domenico Savio, Georg Reischer, Nevenka Tomić, Branka Vuković-gačić

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The literature data on the microbiological water quality of the surface and groundwaters in Montenegro is very scarce. Therefore, this chapter aims to provide an insight in the microbiological water quality of rivers in Montenegro by compiling the data obtained in period 2009–2018 in national monitoring program and the data collected within the Montenegro survey in 2019 with an emphasis on the hotspots of faecal pollution and possible sources of pollution. Despite the high risk that poor implementation of wastewater treatment might represent for Montenegro, the obtained dataset indicates that overall microbiological water quality of rivers in Montenegro is quite good. About 80% of the investigated sites have bathing water quality according to Montenegrin legislation. Only four sites were identified as hotspots of faecal pollution where the human source of pollution prevails.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Environmental Chemistry
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-55712-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-55711-9
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameHandbook of Environmental Chemistry
ISSN (Print)1867-979X


  • Faecal indicator bacteria
  • Microbial source tracking
  • Microbiology
  • Montenegro
  • Rivers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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