Knowledge is Power: A Building-Level Wastewater Story
April 24 2023
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The COVID-19 pandemic significantly affected vulnerable populations, especially the elderly. In response, New Horizons at Marlborough implemented wastewater monitoring for its 235 residents and staff as a complement to PCR pooled testing. This approach provided real-time data, multi-layered biosecurity, and enabled informed decision-making on when to use PCR testing .
Early Warning and Data-Driven Decisions
Implementing a building-level wastewater monitoring system allows for targeted and prompt public health actions that minimize disruption to residents’ lives. Our team designed and implemented a wastewater monitoring program that provided a consistent data flow. By offering end-to-end service, collaborating on installation points, and refining data-sharing strategies, we were able to provide timely insights on potential COVID-19 risks. This early warning prompted New Horizons to perform PCR tests when they saw a spike in positive data in the wastewater and proactively managed potential spread. As a result, residents are able to thrive with minimal impact to everyday activities under multi-layered testing while the team provides facility operators with an early warning system for optimal biosecurity.
The Power of Passive Monitoring in a Post-COVID World
As we progress beyond COVID-19, passive monitoring will be crucial for biosecurity and the detection of infectious diseases. Wastewater monitoring offers a less invasive approach than individual testing, while still supporting the well-being of communities.
Learn more about our wastewater monitoring program at New Horizons at Marlborough.