Global and U.S. studies have shown that the COVID-19 virus can be detected in wastewater since infected individuals shed the virus in their stool, even those who are asymptomatic. With consistent monitoring, wastewater can provide valuable information to national, state, and local governments. Virus concentration trends in wastewater can indicate the upcoming decrease or increase of virus infections in the population of a given area—up to two weeks ahead of reported medical cases.
To assist our clients in effectively responding to and recovering from the impact of COVID-19, AECOM water specialists have developed an ensemble of operational services around the highly efficient monitoring, testing, and tracking of wastewater. Our strategic approach to wastewater testing allows it to be a critical tool in identifying emerging cases of infection, streamlining individual testing protocols, and helping public officials to determine if their response measures are effective.