Digital Solutions for a Post-COVID Water Industry: Wastewater-Based Epidemiology and Remote Monitoring

Led by Jane Madden, Senior Vice President, CDM Smith / SIAB

September 17, 2020 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST | Watch recorded session

Guest speakers:

Anna Mehrotra, Discipline Leader – Process Modeling and Industrial Treatment, Senior Wastewater Engineer, CDM Smith

Amy Corriveau, Vice President, Director of Emerging Business Development, CDM Smith

COVID is helping propel the water industry toward digital solutions that enhance both public health and resiliency. Wastewater-based epidemiology is one technology that can be digitized by integrating epidemiological, hydraulic, water quality, and viral signal data in a web-based platform, thereby providing actionable information for public health officials. As sewage surveillance programs are increasingly implemented around the globe, we are working to design optimal digital approaches for disease mitigation using wastewater data. Robust remote monitoring capabilities—another digital solution for water utilities—are critical for enabling flexibility to adapt to changing demand while ensuring continuity of water services. If based on the right technology solutions, remote monitoring for water utilities can help manage strains on infrastructure and personnel as well as allow proactive management of water systems. These digital solutions can help future-proof the water industry as well as reinforce its role as public health steward in a post-COVID world.

Reading materials:

Mehrotra, A., et al. (2020) It’s time to begin a national wastewater testing program for Covid-19

Corriveau, A. (2020) What Do Technology Solutions Look Like in a Post-COVID World?




Jane Madden, PE, BCEE: Since joining CDM Smith in 1984, Ms. Madden has been involved in the planning, design, and construction of numerous challenging wastewater treatment projects across the nation. Through this experience, she has gained vast hands-on experience in wastewater planning, nutrient removal, solids handling, and sustainability. Ms. Madden brings technical excellence and thorough understanding of regulatory and business issues to her role as Global Practice Leader for Water Reclamation. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a BS in Civil Engineering, a registered Professional Engineer and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer.


Amy Corriveau, PMP, CBAP: Ms. Corriveau is a Vice President and Director of Emerging Business Development with CDM Smith.  She has 22 years of experience working with water, wastewater and electric utilities applying technology to help solve their operations and business problems.  With a passion for leading and collaborating with teams to drive innovative and sustainable solutions, she works with clients, technologists, and engineers to extend cutting-edge technology to the utility industry.  She is active in a number of industry associations including AWWA and WEF, holding leadership positions among their various Task Forces and Committees.  She has a master’s of Civil & Environmental Engineering from MIT, BS in Hydrology, and is both a certified Project Manager and Business Analyst.


Anna Mehrotra, PhD, PE: Anna is a technical leader in the firm’s wastewater process engineering practice. With more than 15 years of experience, Dr. Mehrotra has performed process analysis and modeling, developed sampling and pilot study plans, and prepared designs for a wide variety of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment applications. She is a licensed PE with a MS in environmental engineering science from Stanford University and a PhD in civil/environmental engineering from UC Berkeley. Anna has worked from CDM Smith offices around the globe – from Boston to Brisbane – and is currently spearheading the firm’s COVID-19 wastewater-based epidemiology research.



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