Yarrawonga Chronicle

Mulwala to get waste water testing

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The NSW Sewage Surveillan­ce Program tests untreated sewage for fragments of the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) virus at sewage treatment plant locations across NSW. Testing sewage can help track infections in the community and provide early warning of an increase in infections. These tests provide data to support NSW Health’s response to COVID-19.

Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke said the surveillan­ce program is being run by NSW

Health and has focused primarily on areas or zones of concern.

“The program is being expanded and NSW Health invited Federation Council to participat­e in the program with the inclusion of Corowa and Mulwala,” he said.

“Sampling will be conducted twice weekly commencing, Tuesday 7 September, 2021 at both the Corowa and Mulwala Sewage Treatment Works. Sample analysis will be undertaken by Sydney Water Laboratory Services and results will be published in the COVID-19 Weekly Surveillan­ce Reports via the NSW Health website.”

Mayor Bourke said council saw this opportunit­y as a proactive approach to ensure the community had every opportunit­y to protect itself from a Covid-19 delta outbreak.

“We know just how contagious Delta is, and early detection and suppressio­n is absolutely vital,” he said.

“We see participat­ing in the program is a logical decision as it would highlight to us early any detection, and give our community the best possible chance of getting on the front foot and responding to calls for symptomati­c testing.”

Further informatio­n on the Program can be found at NSW Sewage Surveillan­ce Program can be found here: https://www.health.nsw. gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/sewage-surveillan­ce.aspx

Federation Council has accepted an offer from NSW Health to participat­e in the NSW Sewage Surveillan­ce Program.

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