Water Sector News & Trends

How LA's Sewers Could Be an Early Warning System for Coronavirus Outbreaks

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/coronavirus/los-angeles-sewers-wastewater-sewage-covid-19-outbreak-coronavirus-usc/2407612/

A study at USC is relying on the flush of a toilet for clues to coronavirus outbreaks.

Dr. Adam Smith, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at USC, is a part of a team of scientists across the country who are sifting through data from the bowels of the sewer system.  The team consists of researchers from USC, Howard University, North Carolina State University and Rice University.

Scientists received $200,000 from the NSF RAPID fund to conduct their waste water surveillance study.