KWR in het nieuws G.J. Medema - Coronavirus and water/wastewater: a round-up of global advice
“The outbreak of a respiratory illness, known as COVID-19, continues to spread around the world. With one of the primary pieces of advice to regularly wash hands thoroughly to prevent the transfer of the disease, it means more than ever that the provision of clean and safe water by utilities is vital to stop the disease spreading. During times of crisis, various questions are being asked over whether COVID-19 can be transferred via water and wastewater.
Global water sector professional bodies, institutions and associations have been quick to publish fact sheets and guidance documents to calm any concern and help cut through the sea of misinformation and fake news being produced and circulated.”
“Meanwhile, microbiologist Professor Gertjan Medema PhD from KWR Water Research Institute confirmed that the drinking water in the Netherlands is protected against coronavirus. He had been asked by WHO during the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus to assess the risk of the disease spreading through water and wastewater.”
(Citations: KWR in het nieuws G.J. Medema – Coronavirus and water/wastewater: a round-up of global advice – www.aquatechtrade.com (2020)17 March)