Searching for the Sewage Signal

How EBMUD contributed to wastewater-based epidemiology

What: It started with a cruise ship and turned into industry-leading methodology for tracking the prevalence of Covid in a community through wastewater. Join our experts as they discuss how we track the spread of the coronavirus by searching for signals in sewage ahead of standard test results. You will learn about how this idea came about, the importance and value of partnering with partners both here in the Bay Area and nation-wide, what challenges exist, and what’s next.

You’ll meet Eileen White, Director of Wastewater, and Alicia Chakrabarti, Manager of Environmental Services, who will take you through the development of this new form of epidemiology.

The virtual event will include a brief presentation, open Q & A, and a raffle.

When: Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where: Online, register at


The East Bay Municipal Utility District has a proud history of providing high-quality drinking water for 1.4 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. EBMUD’s wastewater system serves 740,000 customers and helps protect the ecosystem of San Francisco Bay. EBMUD is a not-for-profit public agency established in 1923.