Wastewater Monitoring: Expanding an important public health early detection tool

The National League of Cities (NLC) is partnering with WastewaterSCAN, a nationwide effort to expand wastewater monitoring to more cities. WastewaterSCAN employs a leading approach for monitoring diseases through municipal wastewater systems to inform public health responses. NLC is reaching out to our network of cities to invite you to take advantage of WastewaterSCAN’s expansion.

Through this partnership, WastewaterSCAN will test wastewater from participating cities three times a week for at least one year at no cost (including materials and shipping expenses) and share the results. Participating cities also can be a part of a peer-supported wastewater monitoring knowledge-sharing community whose learnings will contribute to improved nationwide pandemic-readiness infrastructure.

If your city is interested in being considered for NLC’s WastewaterSCAN Learning Cohort, please fill out the form below.

All applicants are encouraged to submit applications by the Early Bird deadline on Friday, September 2. While applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, NLC and WastewaterSCAN are eager to engage with cities quickly for on-boarding and training on the program.

If you have any questions please contact us at wwcohort@nlc.org.
  • City Information & Learning Cohort Application Main Point of Contact

  • Wastewater Treatment Facility Main Point of Contact

    Point of contact and address of wastewater treatment facility for sending the wastewater sample collection kits.
  • Application Details

  • Experience not required to apply
  • NLC’s WastewaterSCAN Learning Community Team Members

    To be a part of NLC’s WastewaterSCAN Learning Community, a city must have at least three core team members: 1) a municipal official whose work with the city is tied to public health, for example a city manager, communications manager, program coordinator, or policy analyst; 2) a wastewater treatment facility administrator or manager; and 3) a health contact, for example a health director, communicable diseases lead, and/or policy/data analyst. One of these three individuals should be designated as the lead for the team, which can include more participants.
  • City Team Member #1 Information
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  • City Team Member #2 Information
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  • City Team Member #3 Information
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  • Additional Application Information

  • (e.g., individuals involved in the public health of your community, such as other city staffers or non-profit officials)