As part of its Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will be providing autosamplers at no cost to at least 225 small utilities, including those in rural and tribal regions.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, wastewater-based disease surveillance has emerged as a tool for understanding COVID-19 infection trends in communities independent of healthcare-seeking behavior and clinical testing resources. Participation in wastewater surveillance to date, however, has skewed toward larger, well-resourced utilities. By providing new autosamplers to small utilities, this project aims to increase participation in wastewater surveillance by smaller, rural, and tribal communities and, therefore, expand access to this effective public health surveillance tool.
As a first step toward implementation of this program, WEF is seeking proposals from contractors for the provision of autosampler packages, and training and troubleshooting related to their use.
See the Request for Proposals for details. Proposals are due Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EST.