Will SARS-CoV-2 reset public health requirements in the water industry? Integrating lessons of the past and emerging research

Back in early April, we highlighted a paper that had been published as an Editorial Perspective in the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) journal “Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology”. This was “SARS-CoV-2: What is its fate in urban water cycles and how can the water research community respond?“ by Vincenzo Naddeo (University of SalernoContinue reading “Will SARS-CoV-2 reset public health requirements in the water industry? Integrating lessons of the past and emerging research”

Making Waves: Coronavirus detection, presence and persistence in the water environment: State of the art and knowledge needs for public health

This paper provides another review of the published scientific literature on coronaviruses in water (including wastewater, environmental waters and drinking water). The focus, in this case, is on the survival of viable infectious virions in these environments, very much from a public health perspective. A key observation is that there have been very few studiesContinue reading “Making Waves: Coronavirus detection, presence and persistence in the water environment: State of the art and knowledge needs for public health”

Coronavirus in water environments: Occurrence, persistence and concentration methods – A scoping review

This paper is a literature review of existing knowledge regarding coronaviruses in water environments such as wastewater and drinking water. As such, it confirms much of what, by now, is fairly well known (and most of the key reviewed papers have also been described on this blog). But systematic reviews are valuable for the confidenceContinue reading “Coronavirus in water environments: Occurrence, persistence and concentration methods – A scoping review”

Can we estimate the Disability Adjusted Life-Years (DALYs) for COVID-19 yet?

Many water quality guidelines now use Disability Adjusted Life-Years (DALYs) to define a tolerable level of risk for pathogenic substances in drinking water. Examples include the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality, WHO Potable Reuse Guidelines and Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling. Any supply of drinking water carries risks of exposure to pathogenic organisms (viruses, bacteria,Continue reading “Can we estimate the Disability Adjusted Life-Years (DALYs) for COVID-19 yet?”

Reactivity of Enveloped Virus Genome, Proteins, and Lipids with Free Chlorine and UV254

The current understanding of SARS-CoV-2 is that waterborne transmission is unlikely to be an important mode of infection. While the virus RNA has been reported in untreated sewage (and many more such reports can be anticipated throughout 2020 and beyond), these reports do no imply that viable, infective virus is present. Very few studies haveContinue reading “Reactivity of Enveloped Virus Genome, Proteins, and Lipids with Free Chlorine and UV254”

SARS-CoV-2: What is its fate in urban water cycles and how can the water research community respond?

This paper is an “Editorial Perspective” published in the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) journal “Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology”*. The authors are Vincenzo Naddeo (University of Salerno Italy) and Haizhou Liu (University of California at Riverside, USA). The paper is made free to all readers as part of the RSC collection on coronaContinue reading “SARS-CoV-2: What is its fate in urban water cycles and how can the water research community respond?”

Water Research Australia Factsheet: SARS-CoV-2: Water and Sanitation

Water Research Australia is an independent, not-for-profit research organisation that is member-driven and funded. Members include Australian water utilities, academic institutions and state health regulators. This Fact Sheet has been developed to provide information for the water industry about the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2) and implications of the virus for the management of drinking water andContinue reading “Water Research Australia Factsheet: SARS-CoV-2: Water and Sanitation”

Environmental Engineers and Scientists have Important Roles to Play in Stemming Outbreaks and Pandemics Caused by Enveloped Viruses

As described in our previous post, the journal Environmental Science and Technology have released a virtual issue providing an “Overview of Research on the Fate and Behaviour of Enveloped Viruses in the Environment”. That virtual issue was guest-edited by Alexandria B. Boehm and Krista R. Wigginton, two leading researchers on the fate of viruses inContinue reading “Environmental Engineers and Scientists have Important Roles to Play in Stemming Outbreaks and Pandemics Caused by Enveloped Viruses”

The source and fate of pandemic viruses in the urban water cycle

This paper was produced by Dr Krista Rule Wigginton, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan and two students under her supervision (Y. Ye and R.M. Ellenberg). It was commissioned by the Editors of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal “Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology” asContinue reading “The source and fate of pandemic viruses in the urban water cycle”