COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance

Wastewater surveillance for COVID-19 involves testing for presence of the fragments of the virus (called SARS-CoV-2 RNA gene fragments) that are shed by both asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals in wastewater.

Monitoring wastewater for COVID-19 can be used as a tool for surveillance alongside other public health indicators to identify COVID-19 trends in the community and support mobilization of resources related to the COVID-19 response.

The University of Waterloo and the Region of Waterloo have established a partnership to sample at the Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo wastewater treatment sites to inform the community response to COVID-19 in Waterloo Region.

Data is updated weekly on Fridays at 1:30 p.m.

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