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Coronavirus Detection: Sample City Sewage to Help Diagnose its Presence and Plan for Preparedness
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Save The River sent the following email earlier today to River community supervisors and mayors concerning a program for testing for Covid19 in municipal wastewater systems.
This program has been developed by a company that is a spinoff from Harvard and MIT. The concept behind the testing is that it would allow municipalities and government to determine if Covid19 is present in a community, and if the community a hotspot. Waterkeeper Alliance is talking to BIOBOT about a national program.
“I emailed many of you last week about a program of testing municipal sewers for Covid 19 as a way to detect it in our communities and to detect hotspots of the virus.
This pro bono program, administered by company that is a spinoff of Harvard and MIT, appears to be similar to the other program. Waterkeepers, of which Save The River is the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper, is talking to this company to encourage their testing of municipal wastewater projects along rivers and lakes.
I would encourage your wastewater managers to contact BIOBOT to see if they would test the effluent from our local plants.
Once again, thank you for your hard work to keep our municipalities safe in these trying times.”