​​COVID-19 Wastewater Based Epidemiology Initiatives

City of Tempe, Arizona

Teledyne ISCO samplers are playing an important role in ongoing wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) initiatives conducted by the city of Tempe, Arizona. The city's web page dedicated to the application of WBE to COVID-19 provides an informative outline of the program. 

“In an innovative partnership to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19, the City of Tempe is working with scientists from Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute to study the city's wastewater. Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) is the science of studying community sewage for public health information."

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Homer Public Works Department Working with Biobot Analytics

“So we have auto-samplers that start about 8 o'clock in the morning on a Tuesday morning and run for 24 hours and they take about a hundred to 300 mils of sample. And then we ship them, and then we wait for them to come back with results." --- Todd Cook, Wastewater Superintendent, City of Homer, Alaska.

“Biobot is collecting and testing wastewater from 160 public works departments in the United States. Homer's wastewater treatment plant is the only site in Alaska. … Biobot's first project, when it was founded in 2017, was to test for opiods in wastewater. Now they've developed a process and a formula to calculate coronavirus in wastewater."

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Cody, Wyoming Public Works Facility

The city of Cody, Wyoming has installed a 6712C Compact Portable Sampler from Teledyne ISCO for COVID-19 tracking in wastewater.

The sampler, funded by the CARES Act, will have ongoing utility beyond the COVID-19 program.

“Phillip Bowman, public works director … said the municipality found it valuable to invest in the $9,544 Teledyne ISCO 6712C Compact Portable Sampler it purchased in April, in order to test for pollutants and other toxins into the future. The machine will also be reimbursed by CARES Act funding."

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​ ​Metropolitan Sewer District in Louisville, Kentucky

“Researchers at the University of Louisville and Arizona State are working with the Metropolitan Sewer District for Phase II of the Co-Immunity Project to test wastewater for COVID-19 antibodies.

“Samples are being collected at eight sites in Jefferson County from MSD's extensive network of pipes and five treatment facilities. Researchers are testing 2,400 individuals for CoV-2 infection and antibodies to compare with genetic material in wastewater from different parts of Jefferson County.

“Researchers hope to develop a 'virus radar' to track the spread of the virus in the county, to identify hot spots and to use as an early warning sign of future outbreaks.“

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Teledyne ISCO 6712FR Samplers
for Monitoring of Large Sewer Network in Middle East

One region in the Middle East is deploying 100 Teledyne ISCO 6712FR samplers for the initial phase of a COVID-19 wastewater tracking program. Each sampler contains 24 1-liter bottles for daily sampling of multiple sites throughout the sewer network. This project was facilitated in part by Teledyne ISCO's ability to produce large quantities of samplers on short notice.​

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COVID-19 Wastewater Based Tracking Systems Are Being Implemented Worldwide

This highly informative article discusses wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) and how it is rapidly gaining traction in numerous locations around the world.

“They'd also like to know where, in the water treatment facility, is the best place to sample for the coronavirus. On Tuesday, scientists in Spain reported a preliminary answer: remnants of virus, including its genes, tend to collect at the 'sludge line' in the large settling tanks that separate solids and liquid."

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