"We will test sewers to find where COVID-19 is. We will have a dashboard that will show heatmaps and hotspots. The data can be utilized by the health department, the state, and hospitals."
- Public Works Commissioner
Tests show that wastewater contains infectious biomarkers such as COVID-19 RNA and has the potential to signal over-time the growth or reduction of the virus in a community. This is a result of shedding from Symptomatic and Asymptomatic infected individuals that finds its way into wastewater. There is great opportunity for wastewater utilities to deliver smart analytics as to where outbreaks may appear. Through proper, careful testing and an early warning system and utilities can increase the value they bring to their community beyond managing flows, reducing CSO and treating wastewater.
Infected individual can shed up to 109 million genomes per day in feces
By testing Household Sewage, 75% of US population health can be monitored on a regular basis
Sewage testing can indicate community spread from asymptotic patients earlier
20 different types of human viruses can be detected in household wastewater.