NEWPORT NEWS – The HRSD Department of Water Quality, working in partnership with the Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and the Division of Environmental Health Sciences College of Public Health at The Ohio State University, has shared the results and methodology of their recent research involving COVID-19 surveillance of wastewater entering HRSD wastewater treatment plants.
The peer-reviewed article, "COVID-19 Surveillance in Southeastern Virginia Using Wastewater-Based Epidemiology" can be found here. A presentation was previously provided to the HRSD Commission on this topic in May, with update presentations given in June and July.
HRSD's mission is to protect public health and the waters of Hampton Roads by treating wastewater effectively. A political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, HRSD was created by public referendum in 1940 and currently serves 18 cities and counties in southeast Virginia, an area with a population of 1.7 million, treating more than 150 million gallons of wastewater daily.
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