Green River City Council Officially Approves Additional Wastewater Testing for COVID-19

Green River City Council Officially Approves Additional Wastewater Testing for COVID-19

GREEN RIVER — During their meeting Tuesday night, the Green River City Council voted unanimously to approve an agreement made with AquaVitas, LLC, in which the company is sampling the city’s wastewater for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Due to time constraints on AquaVitas’ study, the agreement was made during the December 15 meeting, in which the Council voted unanimously to participate in the testing.

The study is a federally funded national study, and so far Green River is the only community in Wyoming to be part of the sampling. Starting January 4, AquaVitas began collecting samples of Green River’s wastewater. They will be collecting samples two days each week for the duration of the project.

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The purpose of the tests is to test for COVID-19 and complete trend analysis and report it to the state. This can help to inform decisions made at both the state and local levels.

This testing is being done in addition to the Wyoming Department of Health’s (WDH) wastewater testing.

There is no financial cost to the city to participate in this study, or the WDH’s tests. Green River is receiving funds from the state to allow the WDH to test the city’s wastewater.