VIDEO. From the Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM) Directors meeting on Monday, April 11th, 2022 at 7:00pm by Zoom.
Test results can be found within the 4/11/2022 Agenda Packet
Bio Bot Presentation
We analyze sewage for SARS-CoV-2 nationwide. Our data and analysis gives governments and businesses the tools they need to focus public health efforts and improve lives in the communities they serve.
Data generated from 700+ sites, representing 100+ million people.Biobot_Presentation_4-11-22
The recommendation complies with Goal 2 of the SAM Strategic Plan, “Outreach, Education and Communication- “ To serve the Coastside and build public support for its activities, SAM will need to develop programs to inform, educate, listen to, and engage with the people it serves.
The fiscal impact is $ 550 per test.
Background and Discussion/Report
Biobot Analytics was founded in 2017 out of MIT and initially focused on addressing the opioid epidemic.
Then, at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, Biobot became the first company in the US to validate and commercialize an assay that could detect Covid-19 in wastewater.
Biobot Analytics were in partnership with the US Dept of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institute of Health (NIH) to track the presence of COVID-19 in wastewater on a national scale.
Initially, last year, SAM participated in the program briefly for a few weeks at no charge. Subsequently in mid-January, SAM entered into a program on a cost basis and was sending out samples twice weekly.
Typically, 24-hour composite samples of, preferably, raw influent are collected and sent via Fed-Ex overnight shipping to Biobot’s lab in Cambridge, MA using Biobot’s prepaid shipping labels. Biobot’s lab analyzes samples for SARS-CoV-2 concentration levels and sends a report 1 business day later.
The report provides an overview of the latest SARS-CoV2 concentrations, their trends over time, and how they compare to other samples in their database. Presently we have another 8 samples to be sent in the next few weeks. By then we will have more data points and can arrive at some conclusion.
Attached are two recent test results as reference. A representative from Biobot will be making a presentation at the Board meeting and will answer questions and concerns.
Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM) Meetings ~ 2nd & 4th Mondays @ 7:00pm
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Our Mailing Address is:
Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside
1000 Cabrillo Hwy N.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-7833 (fax)
Regular Board Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 7:00pm.
From time to time a meeting date may be changed, cancelled or relocated. Check the posted agenda for any changes to the normal schedule (click on links below).
The Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM) provides wastewater treatment services and contract collection maintenance services for a population of approximately 27,000 in the following areas:
- City of Half Moon Bay
- El Granada
- Moss Beach
- Princeton by the Sea
Chair, Representing Granada Community Services District
Vice-Chair, Representing the City of Half Moon Bay
Secretary/Treasurer, Representing Montara Water and Sanitary District
Director, Representing the City of Half Moon Bay
Director, Representing Montara Water & Sanitary District
Director, Representing Granada Community Services District