Wastewater Epidemiology

OSP is supporting our businesses, institutions and communities by leading the science of COVID-19 wastewater epidemiology.

The newly emerged SARS-CoV-2 virus is shed by infected individuals (both asymptomatic and symptomatic) through bodily waste. Therefore, it is present in wastewater leaving businesses and homes on the way to municipal water treatment facilities. This provides useful environmental testing locations for COVID-19 ranging in size and scope – from entire city populations down to individual buildings and facilities.

The presence of the virus in these waste streams offers an opportunity for early detection and outbreak trending at a customizable level, dictated by where sampling occurs.  As a result, wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) complements individual clinical tests and will help health authorities and decision makers focus their attention where it is needed most.

OSP utilizes the same protocols relied on by health authorities worldwide to detect and quantify the genetic signature (RNA) of the COVID-19 virus in wastewater samples. 

How do I sample my facility?

By installing a sampler in the wastewater stream exiting your facility, samples can be gathered at regular intervals and submitted to OSP for testing. The goal is to create a consistent sampling and analyzing routine such that changes in trends can be easily identified.

Fortunately, this is not difficult, as OSP is able to pair its testing offerings with a turnkey solution for wastewater sampling developed by C.E.C. Analytics. OSP has worked closely with C.E.C. Analytics on identifying the most effective way to sample and is pleased to extend C.E.C. sampling services and expertise.

Alternatively, should your organization already have these components in place, connect with OSP to process samples through our recognized and validated testing methods.

Guidance from industry experts.

OSP provides a wealth of guidance on testing for SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater.

With decades of expertise in microbiology and molecular testing, OSP can work with you on how to best apply and use this innovative application.

We have the highest quality of testing protocols in place and a network of resources to support you.

Give us a call or email us at lifecheck@ospmicrocheck.com.