CEGE researcher discusses possible expansion of wastewater monitoring methods

Posted: August 24, 2022
Natalie Hull
Dr. Natalie Hull

Ohio State researchers have played an integral role in helping communities to better understand and track the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the pandemic. Assistant professor Natalie Hull and colleagues from across the university collaborated with the Ohio Water Resources Center to provide critical data and expertise to the Ohio Coronavirus Wastewater Monitoring Network. 

Led by the Ohio Department of Health, this initiative monitored public wastewater for the presence of the coronavirus at dozens of sites throughout the state. With other viruses such as polio and monkeypox now being detected in locations across the country, some Ohioans are asking if these wastewater monitoring methods may also be used to detect the presence of other viruses.

Wastewater treatment facility

Recently, Dr. Hull discussed the current and future state of wastewater monitoring with Spectrum News reporter Tino Bovenzi.