COVID-19 is an unprecedented event across the globe and significant investigation and research is needed to find solutions to this issue. Our COVID-19 CoI is the central place for water utilities to stay up-to-date with COVID-19 and the implications for the water sector.
We continue to monitor the situation closely in relation to water and wastewater developments and are providing advice and facilitating collaboration with our Industry, Research and Health members, Trusted Partners and networks.
What we are doing:
What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large and diverse family of enveloped RNA viruses. These lipid-enveloped CoV viruses are generally considered more fragile than other viruses (both environmentally, and to disinfection), however are known to cause illness of variable severity in humans, including the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV), and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV). The name ‘corona’ comes from their round appearance and the spikes on their surface that can be likened to a solar corona.
Implications for the water sector
Some coronaviruses can potentially survive in the gastrointestinal tract and be spread by the ‘faecal-oral’ route or via inhalation of contaminated wastewater droplets. There have not been reports of faecal-oral transmission of COVID-19 to date.
Join our COVID-19 national research initiative
Interested in being part of our COVID-19 national research initiative? Visit our Open RFF page for further details on this initiative and how you can contribute.
Already part of the COVID-19 national research initiative?
Click here to access the COVID-19 portal.