DeepVerge has announced that the first six installations of Modern Water’s post-pandemic Microtox®PD wastewater pathogen detection system have been deployed to various sites in the UK, as part of the Environmental Monitoring for Health Protection (‘EMHP’) programme.
A team from the Group’s 100%-owned subsidiary are also working with the Joint Biosecurity Centre, part of NHS Test & Trace service, to trial a national system of ‘sentinel’ sewage works that are designed to act as an early warning system to identify spikes of the most common variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Wastewater surveillance testing presently takes place at c.470 sites across England between four and seven times per week, targeting the existence of a range of viruses and chemicals that are potentially hazardous to public health.
The UK Health Security Agency’s stated post-Pandemic requirement, however, is for the development of locally deployed monitoring sensors that provide real-time wastewater-based epidemiology (‘WBE’) as a service, a capability that is uniquely available through Modern Water’s proven technologies which offer unrivalled, networked and AI-driven early-warning detection. Indeed, the fact that the Agency sees fit to present an image of Modern Water’s onsite equipment within its recent publications, ‘Wastewater monitoring during and after a pandemic’, suggests Microtox®PD may already be part of its preferred solution.
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