Member Alert: EPA, HHS Seek Utilities to Volunteer for SARS-CoV-2 Testing

From the US EPA, Emerging Issues, Regulations

AquaVitas, an HHS contractor, will be conducting SARS-CoV-2 testing in wastewater treatment plants, and requests assistance in identifying utilities interested in participating.  This opportunity is open to all wastewater treatment plants, whether they are currently submitting wastewater samples or not. Priority will be given to treatment plants that serve large populations.

AquaVitas plans to begin testing in the next few weeks.  Phase 1 will last six weeks and sample wastewater from treatment plants that serve 10% of the US population. In an optional Phase 2, additional treatment plants will be enrolled to cover at least 30% of the US population and continue testing for an additional nine weeks.

To meet these requirements, AquaVitas needs to quickly onboard participating utilities. Engagement from public health agencies in the recruitment process provides assurance that the data will be considered for public health decision-making and is a very compelling justification for utility participation. We would greatly appreciate any assistance you can provide in contacting wastewater utilities in your jurisdiction.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact:

Adam Gushgari
AquaVitas CEO
[email protected].