A Compendium of U.S. Wastewater Surveillance to Support COVID-19 Public Health Response
In September 2021, EPA released A Compendium of U.S. Wastewater Surveillance to Support COVID-19 Public Health Response. The compendium details various COVID-19 wastewater surveillance programs across the nation from 2020 to early 2021, led by federal, state, local, and tribal agencies and associations, universities, and the private sector. It explores federal and other funding sources, developing and implementing wastewater surveillance programs for SARS-CoV-2, and uses case studies to provide implementation insight and lessons learned. The document additionally guides those interested in implementing wastewater surveillance in the future by elaborating on funding, project management, results, and potential actions to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19.
EPA hosted a roundtable on October 26, 2021, based on its recently released Compendium of U.S. Wastewater Surveillance to Support COVID-19 Public Health Response. During the roundtable, expert panelists representing a range of stakeholders discussed disseminating information on wastewater surveillance to utility stakeholders, using wastewater surveillance to provide targeted outreach to underserved communities, and wastewater surveillance gaps and opportunities from the utility perspective.
View a video recording of the roundtable below: