COVID-19 Guidance and Resources

With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading worldwide, The Water Research Foundation has been dedicated to keeping water sector professionals informed about this virus and any measures needed to protect both water sector workers and public health. WRF continues to gather key information from experts in the fields of infectious disease control, virology, water engineering, outbreak epidemiology, pandemic trends, and risk emergency response, and provide deliverables and learning opportunities to disseminate the latest information.  

Coronavirus structure, illustration. Coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections in humans and are connected with common colds, pneumonia and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

International Water Research Summit on COVID-19

In April 2020, WRF hosted a groundbreaking International Water Research Summit on Environmental Surveillance of COVID-19 Indicators in Sewersheds. The Summit addressed several technical issues to further advance the work researchers are performing throughout the world. 

Overview

The Summit provided diverse insights on the current state of knowledge on wastewater surveillance in sewersheds, including wastewater sampling, molecular genetics tools, interpretation of results, and communication of this information to stakeholders.

Recommendations

This paper offers insight from global leaders on the current state of knowledge on wastewater sampling, molecular genetics tools, interpretation of results, and communication of this information to stakeholders.

Sampling Guidance

This Field Sample Collection Form is an editable PDF that practitioners can use as part of a wastewater sampling program.

Questions?

Contact Christobel Ferguson, Chief Innovation Officer, with questions about The Water Research Foundation's SARS-CoV-2 efforts.

Webcasts

WRF hosted three webcasts to inform water sector professionals about the novel coronavirus and any measures needed to protect both workers and public health in general. The speakers provided participants with technical details, resources, and published public health recommendations.

Press Releases and Research Opportunities

The following resources are meant to inform water sector professionals about the novel coronavirus and any measures needed to protect both workers and public health in general.