Wednesday, May 11, 2022 from 11am-12pm

From SARS-CoV-2 to drugs to microplastics:
What’s emerging in wastewater & how can we monitor for it?

Who Should Attend:

This webinar will be of interest to stakeholders in wastewater and water supply planning including water and wastewater managers, operators, and even researchers in academia. Those responsible for understanding effluent water quality, impacts by downstream water quality, and those involved in public-health protection efforts such as wastewater based epidemiology (WBE) and monitoring will want to tune in.


In March 2020, Stantec provided an overview of the state of the science on the risks and suggested protection measures associated with the potential for SAR-CoV-2 in wastewater. The introduction of this webinar will serve to provide an update on the lessons learned from the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater, what the future holds in terms of information we can gather from sewershed monitoring, the practical tools that will get us there.


Our discussion will then expand to other emerging contaminants of interest in wastewater including endocrine disruptors, microplastics, and PFOS/PFAS. We will dig into their ultimate fate and the technology options to control them with research supported by the Stantec Water Institute for Technology & Policy.


Cheryl Beam
OMWA Director, Program Lead, City of Greater Sudbury
Cheryl Beam, P.Eng., is the Program Lead for the Water and Wastewater Task Force at the City of Greater Sudbury and has been on the OMWA Board of Directors since March 2020. Cheryl graduated from McMaster University with a bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Society. Cheryl began her career at Vale on a variety of projects involving industrial water and wastewater treatment, as well as modeling water chemistry as it moved through the tailings area. Cheryl began working for the City of Greater Sudbury in 2009 as the Manager of Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection and in 2019 started a new role as the Program Lead for the Water and Wastewater Task Force, which is focused on reducing inflow and infiltration in the collection system and reducing leaks in the distribution system.


Process Specialist, Stantec
Nicole is a process specialist with over 15 years of experience related to water quality and treatment in research, non-profit, government, post-secondary education, and consulting industries. Her areas of expertise comprise water treatment optimization; regulatory compliance; process performance demonstrations; energy optimization; control of algae blooms and emerging contaminants; scientific study designs; and wastewater disinfection. Nicole now spends half of her time with the Stantec Water Institute for Technology & Policy leading the contaminants of emerging concern team, participating with the data analytics and artificial intelligence team, and facilitating NSERC-sponsored research projects in collaboration with our academic partners.




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