ColoSSoS recognised for R&D excellence

November 6, 2020

The ColoSSoS Project – Collaboration on Sewage Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 – was awarded the ‘R&D Excellence Award’ at the 2020 South Australian Water Awards.

Led by Water Research Australia, ColoSSoS is a collaborative Australia-wide investigation that is tracking and monitoring the presence and persistence of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the Australian sewerage network.

Announced at the Awards Night and Gala Dinner on Friday, 6th November, both WaterRA and SA Water were awarded for rapid development and implementation of a wastewater surveillance tool for the detection of SARS-CoV-2. The award recognised efforts between SA Water and SA Health to monitor and identify possible COVID-19 cases through analysing wastewater samples from eight wastewater treatment plants across South Australia.

Working with national experts in health, microbiology, laboratory testing, wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) and policy communication, the ColoSSoS Project is a major collaborative effort across water utilities, health departments and researchers, with links to global expertise through the Global Water Research Coalition and The Water Research Foundation in the US.

The 2020 South Australian Water Awards is an initiative of the Australian Water Association. Image L-R: SA Water CEO David Ryan, WaterRA Research Manager and ColoSSoS Project Director Dr Kelly Hill, SA Water’s Senior Manager Water Expertise and Research, Dr Dan Hoefel, and WaterRA CEO Karen Rouse.