Sewage water as indicator for spreading of COVID-19

Research institute KWR, thanks to a series of RNA-analyses at municipal waste water treatment plants (WWTP) in the Netherlands, found the presence of RNA gene fragments of the COVID-19 virus in incoming sewage water.

The screening of the COVID-19 virus at municipal waste water plants can be used, they say, to signal new outbreaks in advance and can play an important role for controlling the evolution of the global pandemic.

A recorded version of the webinar held by KWR on Monday 30 March 2020 titled “COVID-19: Significance and impact of the pandemic for the water sector” can be found on the KWR-website and Watershare website.