Monitoring coronaviruses in sewer systems

Since the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, lots of research efforts have been made to track and trace the coronavirus that causes the disease. In the Netherlands, RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and KWR, among others, carry out research into the prevalence of the coronavirus in sewer systems. The virus ends up in sewers via the faeces of infected people. This happens even before people get symptoms of the disease. Therefore, monitoring the amount of viral RNA in wastewater in the sewer system is used as a part of an early warning system for virus outbreaks, the Dutch corona dashboard. RIVM is currently monitoring at waste water treatment plants throughout the Netherlands. KWR measures among other locations at Schiphol Airport and in the Rotterdam area. Partners4UrbanWater helps researchers of RIVM and KWR with selecting additional suitable monitoring locations and with the monitoring set up. For more information, contact Rémy Schilperoort. Read the article Passive Sampling of SARS-CoV-2 for Wastewater Surveillance for the latest developments in the application of passive samplers in sewers for COVID-19 monitoring.


Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) in the sewers in Utrecht

Diseases caused by CPE bacteria (carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae) are difficult to treat because they are resistant to antibiotics that are used as last resort treatments. As a result, these resistant bacteria pose a threat to public health and it is therefore important that they do not spread any further among people, animals and in the environment. In the Netherlands, CPE are found to be present in human beings only infrequently. However, measurements carried out in sewage water in the city of Utrecht revealed the presence of particularly resistant CPE bacteria (carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae). This study had been set up and carried out with the help of Parnters4UrbanWater. The results show that CPE are present in the general population, and not restricted to people in health care facilities. Sampling and analysis of sewage water has proven to be an efficient method for determining whether these bacteria are present in the general population. Find the RIVM report here (Dutch with English synopsis). For more information, contact Rémy Schilperoort.


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