Welsh Government Minister for Health and Social Services Eluned Morgan AS visited the University today to officially open the new wastewater monitoring research facility in the Brambell building at Bangor University.
The state of the art facility enables scientists to test water for the detection and surveillance of human pathogenic viruses and AMR in freshwater, estuarine and coastal environments and track their prevalence in the community through wastewater sampling.
Speaking at the official opening, Eluned Morgan said, “Wastewater data was instrumental in helping gain a better understanding of the spread of Covid-19 in Wales. It continues to provide us with key data which allows us to track the virus though our communities while other UK data sources, like the ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey, have been stood down.
“I’m really pleased that, through this fantastic new facility and the team here, we can apply what’s been learned to gain priceless insight that will inform how we react to many other communicable diseases now and in the future.”