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Wastewater COVID-19 Tracking
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Test results from MWRA’s pilot study to track wastewater at the Deer Island Treatment Plant for indicators of COVID-19 infection are posted on this site.

Samples are currently taken 3 - 7 times a week and analyzed by Biobot Analytics, a wastewater epidemiology company. Data are updated as received by Biobot following an internal review process. Please refer to the Mass DPH website for information regarding current cases of COVID-19 in your community.

Biobot Data - samples submitted through 01/14/2022

The Omicron variant was detected in a 12/09/2021 wastewater sample from Deer Island South and in a 12/10/2021 sample from Deer Island North.

North and South


The graphs include error bars which represent the range of result variability caused by laboratory processing.

• The graph with the green dots and error bars represent the North System
• The graph with the orange dots and error bars represent the South System.

To view the data behind the graph, click here (PDF).
The data tables include screening results for the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant that Biobot provides (Biobot has temporarily suspended the variant reporting as of 06/03/2021 in order to develop updated protocols).

Additional information regarding the presence of SARS-CoV-2 genetic material in wastewater is available from EPA and CDC.

Previous charts produced with the former data analysis methods have been archived.


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Updated January 16, 2022