COVID-19 is a global health pandemic, with major societal and economic consequences. Access to safe water and sanitation services is essential. Efforts to extend WASH services to reach everyone, and maintain service provision throughout and beyond the crisis, will save lives and limit the social and economic fallout.

To support vital peer exchange and partnerships during these difficult times, GWOPA is hosting a series of webinars aimed at supporting utilities by sharing good practice.


Upcoming webinar: Wastewater-based Epidemiology: Poop Never Lies!

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Screening municipal wastewater for viruses and environmental pollutants is not a new concept. However, COVID-19 has shed light on just how relevant it is. In June 2020, as part of its COVID-19 webinar series, GWOPA/GIZ opened a lively discussion between utilities on wastewater monitoring.

Please join us for part two of these talks, where we delve a little deeper into what has happened since then. As part of GWOPA’s 2021 webinar series, this session will bring together experts in the urban sanitation and wastewater fields as well as water/wastewater utilities from different regions to hear about challenges, solutions and outlooks related to wastewater-based epidemiology.

Presentations will showcase the most recent state of research, before presenting and discussing utility experiences on the following questions:

  • What are the benefits of using wastewater to track the spread of infectious diseases?
  • What good practices, sampling methods and (low-cost) tools exist to monitor wastewater for viruses and other pollutants?
  • What needs to be done to enable and/or strengthen SARS-CoV-2 monitoring as part of wastewater monitoring systems?
  • What type of support do they need and receive?
  • What are the possibilities around peer-to-peer exchange on wastewater monitoring?

The webinars will be simultaneously translated into English, French and Spanish.

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Past webinars covered the following sessions (see outcome notes and session recordings below):

  • Utilities’ Support to Inclusive WASH Access in Informal Settlements and Vulnerable Communities
  • Crisis Management: Strategy, Assessment and Decision-Making
  • COVID and Wastewater – Mind the poop!
  • Liquidity Challenges – There`s a hole in my bucket!
  • Distance makes the WOP grow stronger? Challenges and Opportunities of Peer-to-Peer Learning in a COVID-19 context
Access all COVID-19 sessions recordings 

Outcomes from previous webinars
Lessons from Beyond the curve
Crisis Management
Slowing the Spread in Slums
COVID and Sanitation
Liquidity Challenges
WOPs and COVID-19