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COLORADO’S EFFORTS TO MONITOR COVID-19 VIRUS PARTICLES IN WASTEWATER

The Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) Rocky Mountain Chapter is pleased to announce our Fall Membership Meeting and Technical Presentation, which will occur Virtually on November 9th at 6:00 PM MST.

Nicole Rowan, Clean Water Program Manager for State of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will be presenting on the State’s efforts to monitor COVID-19 virus particles in wastewater:

The state is looking to use the latest lab technology to test for COVID-19 virus particles in wastewater. The virus can appear in fecal matter before someone shows any symptoms. People who don’t show symptoms also can shed the virus. Testing wastewater can give health officials early warnings about increases or decreases in COVID-19 cases within a community. With this information, health officials can:

  1. Increase resource capacity in the community if there is an increase in cases.
  2. Re-evaluate closure and social distancing measures if there is a decrease in cases.
  3. Use information to track virus trends across communities.

Using federal and state funding and in-kind resources, the state has set up agreements with 17 wastewater utilities, and Colorado State and Metro State universities, to track the COVID-19 virus particles in wastewater.

The meeting will be held virtually through the Go-To-Metting platform.  You will need to RSVP for this meeting so that you can be provided with the login information.  There will be a short update on Chapter matters at the beginning of the meeting.

Please RSVP to:  Joe Jenkins, at Joe.Jenkins@EnvCompSystems.com