Project #1823

Collaborative Workshop on Handling, Management, and Treatment of High-Consequence Bio-Contaminated Wastewater by Water Resource Recovery Facilities

Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Ms. Lola Olabode
The Water Research Foundation
Microbes & Pathogens
Risk Assessment
Customer Relations & Stakeholder Engagement


Report summarizes discussions from a workshop conducted by WERF in partnership with the U.S. EPA, National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC), and the National Science Foundation on November 17-18, 2015. The workshop engaged subject matter experts and wastewater utility stakeholders on a number of topics surrounding high-consequence pathogens, in particular Bacillus anthracis (anthrax), in wastewater collection and treatment systems, should such pathogens enter the systems as a result of an emergency situation. The workshop report also contains suggested next steps for helping utilities prepare for issues related to biocontaminated wastewater. Published by WERF. 66 pages. Online PDF. (2016)

Originally funded as WERF project WERF7W15.