Covid wastewater monitoring in L’Anse Village

WASTEWATER TESTING–L-r, Erin Sprenkle, Lead Plant Operator and Jim Kempainen, Plant Operator, have been sample collectors for the COVID detection program at L’Anse WWT.


by Teri Rowe

Village of L’Anse Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) is taking part in a Covid-19 (SARS-Cov-2 virus) wastewater monitoring program funded by the State of Michigan. The Covid 19 virus goes through the human body and sheds through human waste, which is then treated via the wastewater treatment plant. According to Erin Sprenkle, Lead Operator of the Village of L’Anse WWTP, “Through this program, the virus can be detected (in waste water) 7 days before symptoms of the illness presents itself in a person. It is a great tool to see if the virus is trending before people become ill. “If a spike in Covid is detected, then hospitals,
schools, nursing homes, and colleges can be notified, and can prepare for the illness before confirmed cases show up at their doors”. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.