Aqualia and the City Council of Dénia (Alicante), have reached an agreement to collaborate jointly in the development of a microbiological surveillance plan in wastewater as an epidemiological indicator for an early warning system for the early detection of SARS-CoV-2.
Different studies have revealed the existence of genetic material (RNA) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in wastewater, coming from biological fluids and feces of people infected by the virus, whose early identification in wastewater can serve as a warning of recurrences of COVID-19 disease in the population.
In the case of Dénia, samples will be collected every 15 days to be analyzed. The analysis process detects the RNA of the virus, and its monitoring over time in the waters allows us to determine how much it is present.
By counting a historical series, if an increase in the viral load is found in samples from the same place, it will indicate that the degree of affection is increasing and will allow advance decision-making.
Aqualia will make available to the municipal authorities the Laboratory Report with the result obtained, its interpretation and recommendations to be made. Aqualia has made its experience and technology available to the municipalities in which it provides services for the development of this Plan based on a specific Protocol of the company in this matter.
Aqualia wants to convey to its clients in Dénia that it will continue working on the provision of supply and sanitation services with the best guarantees for citizens and service workers.