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City of Burlington uses wastewater technology to detect Covid-19

GoAigua has deployed its sewer surveillance programme which includes integrating sampling data from different wastewater plants and manhole locations.

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Burlington will use the technology to help protect residents and support city-level actions
Burlington will use the technology to help protect residents and support city-level actions

The US City of Burlington, Vermont, is rolling out a wastewater-based epidemiology programme to help detect and stop the spread of Covid-19.

 

Smart water company GoAigua, in partnership with Fort Collins-based laboratory, GT Molecula, has deployed its sewer surveillance programme which includes integrating sampling data from different wastewater plants and manhole locations, into its Sars Analytics platform.

 

Multiple data streams

 

The results are then combined with demographic, socioeconomic, health, and water-consumption data in real time. By synthesising information from multiple data streams, GoAigua serves up recommendations and guidelines in accordance with those set forth by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

GoAigu claims the programme effectively enables the detection of Sars-CoV-2 in wastewater at sewershed level, and potentially neighbourhood and building levels.

 

Burlington selected GoAigua and GT Molecular’s team of epidemiologists, water engineers, and industry experts to design a detailed sampling plan to help the city accomplish its goals such as keeping schools and universities open and protecting residents.

“Data-centric platform creates actionable, real-time insights that will help us make informed decisions to keep our residents healthy during this difficult time”

Burlington and GoAigua report they are especially emphasising protecting high-risk residents by closely monitoring key areas such as nursing homes.

 

“[GoAigua’s] data-centric platform creates actionable, real-time insights that will help us make informed decisions to keep our residents healthy during this difficult time,” said Carolyn Felix of the City of Burlington’s Innovation Office.

 

In addition, Burlington officials and the Vermont Department of Health are working alongside the GoAigua team in a bid to catch outbreaks early, understand how the coronavirus is spreading, proactively take action, and direct testing to the most affected areas.

 

Integration with city-level actions

 

The programme is integrated with other city-level actions and initiatives to keep the population of Vermont’s largest city safe. It has also been scaled up to ensure it is in place before the winter months, based on expert opinion that the coming months may be exceptionally dangerous with the combination of coronavirus and seasonal flu.

 

GoAigua is the digital innovation arm of Global Omnium, a European utility operator that serves more than 400 municipalities. Since the early days of the pandemic, according to GoAigua, it has been rapidly deploying the programme in cities around the world and is currently monitoring some 10 million citizens in more than 20 cities.

 

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