Frequently asked questions
What is wastewater?
What is wastewater monitoring?
Why is wastewater monitoring important?
How are wastewater monitoring results used?
Will the wastewater monitoring identify the presence of diseases at a specific address?
What does wastewater monitoring detect? Is it just the COVID-19 virus or other viruses too?
Are you monitoring for new variants of COVID-19 that may appear?
How do you decide what diseases to monitor for? Will that list change?
Can wastewater monitoring be used to detect drug use?
Can I opt out of wastewater monitoring?
What is WastewaterSCAN?
What is WastewaterSCAN’s goal?
How does WastewaterSCAN work?
How much does WastewaterSCAN cost and who pays for it?
Who gets to see the data and who owns it?
If I have COVID or some other disease, isn’t that private? How does that work with health privacy rules?
Why does “No data” appear when I input my ZIP Code?
Is WastewaterSCAN still recruiting locations/sites to participate in the program?
What cities and treatment plants participate?
What does it cost for a city to participate?