The investigation was carried out to determine the effect of suspended particles on the survival of selected enteric bacteria (i.e. Escherichia coli and enterococci) which are important indicators of faecal pollution in marine waters. Rates of bacterial removal under varying experimental conditions (i.e. particle concentration, sewage content, and degree of mixing) were determined. The combined effect of the factors concerned with the removal rate of bacteria was evaluated by statistical analyses carried out on the experimental data utilizing the 'complete factorial' experimental design, and a good correlation between bacteria and particles was obtained.