Wastewater testing on city’s agenda

A sewer is shown in this undated stock photo - (Martin Brechtl/Unsplash.com)

Tonight’s agenda for city council includes a discussion on waste water sampling.

A motion to have the city join the Ontario Wastewater Surveillance Program with would see our wastewater being tested for disease.

“Advantages to participation can also include helping to optimize and allocate resources for clinical testing, target areas with defined, higher-risk or vulnerable populations within the sewershed where early action may be most beneficial, identifying transmission trends and informing predictive modelling, and, ultimately protecting capacity of Public Health Ontario, hospitals and private laboratories,” according to the motion on the agenda.

This would be done in an effort to keep our community safe from COVID-19 and other variants of concern by being as informed as possible and working to stay one step ahead of these viruses.

SaultOnline will bring you more information on this smelly situation as it becomes available.