This type of bacteria thrives in humid conditions, so you can easily find it in your pipes and pipes. It's incredibly resilient and can even survive in dry environments or places with low water levels. If it's in your pipes, you could get to your sink and survive there even though the water levels there are low. Exposure to just 1 microgram or less of these bacteria can cause infection or even disease.
Most importantly, if you have food near the sink, exposure to these bacteria can contaminate food and therefore increase the risk of food poisoning. Coli are part of the group of unknown contaminants and can pose a health risk if you have a damaged septic system. Plumbers face the dangers of asbestos, dust, lead, chemicals, silicosis, steam burns, biting vermin, poison ivy and sharp objects that transmit blood-borne diseases, Potts explained.