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USA: The Water Research Foundation has opened registration for a webcast presenting the findings of Interlaboratory and Methods Assessment of the SARS-CoV-2 Genetic Signal in Wastewater (project 5089). The webcast is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 10:30 AM EST. In addition to WRF funds, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation contributed funding to support this project.

The goal of the study was to provide an assessment of 36 distinct analytical methods currently used at 32 U.S.-based laboratories and facilities to determine which method(s) provide a reliable and repeatable measurement of the SARS-CoV-2 genetic signal (i.e., copies of RNA) in untreated wastewater. The webcast will also include an extended Q&A session. The study has been submitted for open-access journal publication and the pre-print manuscript is available now.

“We are excited to share the results of this timely and essential research to the water community,” said Dr. Peter Grevatt, CEO of The Water Research Foundation. “The project results provide much-needed information on preferred methods to use when performing laboratory analyses for sewer surveillance studies.”

In addition, the project’s Quality Assurance Plan (QAPP) and executive summary are available for download. The QAPP details the policies and approaches for planning, implementing and assessing the quality assurance and quality control procedures needed to guide the successful implementation of sample collection/ distribution and analytical microbiology for this study.

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is the world’s leading research organization advancing the science of all water to meet the evolving needs of its subscribers and the water sector. WRF is a nonprofit, educational organization that funds, manages, and publishes research on the technology, operation, and management of drinking water, wastewater, reuse, and stormwater systems – all in pursuit of the protection of public health and the environment. WRF represents approximately 1,200 subscribers, hosts an online research library of more than 2,300 completed projects valued at USD 700 million, manages an innovation platform with a database of more than 140 innovative technologies, and supports the world’s largest body of stormwater best practice data.

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