The City of Mankato joins cities throughout the state in a University of Minnesota Duluth study to help determine the prevalence of COVID-19 in wastewater. Samples will be collected and tested over the next several months and findings shared with the Minnesota Department of Health to help health care professionals and city officials as they develop testing and mitigation strategies for COVID-19.
“It’s an opportunity to help gather data that can be important in understanding and managing COVID-19,” says Josh Gad, superintendent of the water resource recovery facility and secretary/treasurer of the Minnesota Environmental Science and Economic Review Board (MESERB). “We’re excited to be a part of this effort because many can benefit.”
MESERB is a municipal joint powers organization dedicated to the research, study and analysis of water quality issues important to Greater Minnesota communities. The City of Mankato has been a member for more than 20 years.
Mankato’s Water Resource Recovery Facility uses physical, biological and chemical systems to treat wastewater. Advanced wastewater treatment results in low phosphorous discharge into the Minnesota River. The facility serves the cities of Mankato, North Mankato, Eagle Lake, Madison Lake, Skyline, South Bend Township and the Lake Washington Sanitation District.
For more information contact staff at 311 or 507-387-8600.