The wastewater from five sewage treatment plants in large urban centers and the wastewater from three main hospitals are monitored.
The wastewater of around two million Portuguese is monitored in order to detect the presence of the new coronavirus at an early stage and to anticipate a new wave of the disease. The COVIDETECT research project, coordinated by Águas de Portugal and launched in April, is already analyzing the wastewater from five wastewater treatment plants in large urban centers and the wastewater from three main hospitals. The aim is to use a digital tool to provide the health authorities with real-time information in the near future.
The Alcântara, Beirolas, Guia, Gaia Litoral and Serzedelo II sewage treatment plants are currently monitored. “They are located in the major urban centers of Lisbon, Cascais, Gaia and Guimarães and they cover the regions with the highest number of Covid-1