Project #5093

Understanding the Factors That Affect the Detection and Variability of SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater

In Progress
Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Mr. Ashwin Dhanasekar
University of California At Irvine
Utility Management
Microbes & Pathogens
Water Quality


The primary goal of this study is to optimize sampling design to best capture signals of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in wastewater (sewage and septage) so that signal detection and quantification can serve as an early warning for COVID-19 outbreaks and reflect epidemic severity in the community. This research will develop a framework providing specific recommendations for sample design to enable implementation of wastewater surveillance at three scales: large urban sewersheds, medium-sized regional sewersheds with small bore sewers, and small regional systems. In addition to WRF funds, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation contributed funding to support this project.