TC gathers more COVID-19 sewage data
TRAVERSE CITY — Left-over grant money let operators at Traverse City’s wastewater plant test more sewage samples for the virus behind COVID-19.
A pilot project originally set to wrap at the end of December carried on for a few more weeks after the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy gave cities that still had the funds left the OK, said Art Krueger, Traverse City’s municipal utilities director. The notice came a little late — sometime in mid-January — but a deep-freeze cooler kept the samples good to test.
He’s hoping the extra data can be useful in tracking trends in virus levels.
“If you were going to try to capture any trends, it’s just always better to have more data to look at, so I think overall it’s a good thing,” he said.