EPA Webinar: Monitoring SARS CoV-2 in Wastewater

On Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (ET) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a webinar on “SARS CoV-2 in Wastewater Monitoring: Linking Research and Application to Meet Immediate Needs.”

EPA’s description of the webinar:

“Widespread studies conducted national and globally indicate that genes specific to SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus that causes COVID-19) can be detected in wastewater. The ability to collectively sample both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals has lead dozens of states, cities, and universities to actively monitor wastewater to inform public health decisions. The clarity of the reflection of community prevalence of infection within the mirror of wastewater can be distorted by several factors, including variation in analytical detection methods, decay and dilution of viral genes during wastewater transport, and imprecision in relating the wastewater signal to other imperfect measures of community infection rates.”

“This webinar will focus on the following collaborative efforts of EPA’s SARS-CoV-2 wastewater monitoring research team to reduce uncertainties:

  • Method development within the lab.
  • Application in sewersheds with distinctive levels of industrial and stormwater impacts–in coordination with the Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District.
  • Development of a wastewater surveillance systems in Ohio–in support of the Ohio Department of Health.”

Link to register:


Copy of the webinar flyer (EPA Water Research Webinar-FLYER_30Sep20).

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About Dan Askenaizer

Dr. Askenaizer leads WQTS’ work on regulatory compliance support for many of our water agencies clients. Dr. Askenaizer tracks water quality and treatment regulations at the Federal and State levels and provides regulatory updates to our clients. Dr. Askenaizer has strong expertise in the development of Regulatory Monitoring and Compliance Plans (RMCPs), which he has completed for a number of water agencies. He has also been working on a number of projects dealing with the development of distribution system monitoring plans and review of nitrification control strategies. Prior to joining WQTS, Dr. Askenaizer was the Water Quality Manager for the Glendale Water and Power. Under his leadership, the Water Quality Group conducted a demonstration-scale study of chlorite for nitrification control and a pilot-scale study of biological treatment for removal of nitrate. Dan has 30 years of experience working on projects dealing with regulatory, water quality and public health issues. Dan has given numerous presentations at workshops and round-tables across the country for water utilities. Dan was instrumental in developing and implementing a Mentoring Program for water staff and was involved in a Sustainable Development team.