Testing university sewer systems can provide an early warning for virus in the population. Geosyntec employs diagnostic methods to monitor SARS-CoV-2 virus prevalence on campuses by testing university sewer systems.
Universities can benefit from reliable data on SARS-CoV-2 virus prevalence on their campuses. Research on the occurrence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in sewage indicates that the concentration may increase well before patient cases are reported. This is a valuable tool to monitor the spread of the viral infection on campuses and inform where there are areas with infected individuals.
How We Can Help
Geosyntec provides timely wastewater data to universities to help make informed decisions about appropriate, community-specific responses that do the most good for the university’s population, while balancing economic impacts. Our approach is to monitor wastewater for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Periodic sewage analysis for SARS-CoV-2 provides a sentinel for the onset of a surge in infections in time for the community to take protective actions that may stem the magnitude of infections. These analyses can provide a basis for safely relaxing social distancing and sheltering in place guidelines as the concentration in the sewage decreases. Geosyntec can help safeguard your university by:
- Providing quantitative data for informed decisions by administrators
- Creating confidence that universities are making data-driven decisions based on measured virus concentrations in the sewer system
- Providing critical data early to inform economy-impacting public health decisions about public spaces and business operations
- Providing ongoing monitoring to check for recurrence of SARS-CoV-2
Duane Graves, Ph.D.
Duane Graves is a microbiologist and subject matter expert with more than 30 years of experience solving challenging problems in biotechnology, biological contamination, forensics, remediation, and environmental microbiology and chemistry. A recognized expert in developing and deploying practical innovations for pathogenic and biological agents, he implemented the first commercial application of real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) for the onsite detection of Anthrax for the US Postal Service. He has worked with hotel management firms, public buildings, the US Air Force, NASA, insurers, a nuclear power plant, various industries, and attorneys to address microbe-related issues and support litigation.
Eric Nesbit, P.E.
Eric Nesbit is an environmental engineer providing service to federal clients for 25 years as both an active duty Civil Engineering Corps officer and now as Director of Federal Programs working with DOD, DOE, EPA and other agencies in support of their missions.