Old sewers are becoming a modern Covid-19 watchdog

Katherine Ellen Foley
·16 min read
Old sewers are becoming a modern Covid-19 watchdog
Old sewers are becoming a modern Covid-19 watchdog

When Britney Carson drove into a rural neighborhood in northern Kentucky in July, she had to double check her maps to make sure she had the right place. A wastewater pretreatment specialist, Carson was looking for a manhole that could give her access to the intricate sewage pipes below, but she couldn’t find it. Carson’s job that day was to set up one of eight wastewater monitoring sites across Campbell, Boome, and Kenton counties along Kentucky’s northern border.