Water Sector News
A snapshot of clean water stories from publications around the country, updated daily!
The science of detecting infectious disease in wastewater arrived with the COVID-19 pandemic
Mar 6, 2023
An innovative program born out of the COVID-19 pandemic gives new meaning to the old proverb, “waste not, want not.”
Wastewater surveillance, which involves analyzing human feces for indications that people have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, better known as COVID-19, has become world-shattering in a quieter way than the germ.
After nearly three years, the practice is now a vitally important means of tracking the highly infectious disease, experts say.
The science of identifying emerging bodily contamination days before people realize they’re sick is a silver lining amid the detrimental effects of the 21st-century pandemic, said Rick Johnson, laboratory manager for Colorado Springs Utilities.