Webinar hosted by OMWA – Friday, November 6, 11:00 AM

The Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA) is hosting a free webinar for anyone working in municipal water management to discuss how wastewater can be used in early detection for outbreaks of COVID-19.

OMWA Vice President, Kathy Vassilakos and research leads Dr. Gail Krantzberg and Dr. Zobia Jawed of McMaster University will help answer questions related to how communities can help manage the pandemic through early detection and monitoring of COVID-19 in wastewater, explore the challenges and opportunities of wastewater tracking across the province and learn how you can join the COVID-19 Consortium of Ontario (www.cwco.ca).


Hosted using Zoom,
Friday, November 6, 2020,
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Register now to join the webinar


No matter how many COVID-19 tests are done, current methods suffer from serious limitations. Asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic individuals prevent governments from getting accurate rates of COVID-19 infection, delaying public health responses. Cutting edge global and domestic research confirms that COVID-19 can be reliably detected in the feces of affected individuals including those with mild to no symptoms – an area where clinical tests fall short.

A broad wastewater testing system may be able to continually test and accurately report on the spread of disease within communities to address a crucial need not only for the current pandemic, but for future outbreaks.

McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering is co-creating sampling and analytical protocols and providing a roadmap for best practices that could be adopted, with our partners, across the province. This will equip local facilities to detect COVID-19 earlier and more effectively.

We kindly ask new and existing partners to complete the following wastewater research survey from COVID-19 Consortium of Ontario (CWCO) as linked below;

Please complete the survey to help CWCO in their research and capacity building.

Dr. Gail Krantzberg & Dr. Zobia Jawed express their gratitude for completing the survey and being part of this initiative.