Homer Wastewater Treatment Facility

City of Homer

When the State of Alaska started issuing health mandates, people started buying cleaning supplies they don't ordinarily buy, like sanitary wipes and cloths.

People who already used them, like parents and caregivers, combined with people who are using them now to help keep the virus out of the house, are having an effect on sanitation and wastewater systems.

Todd Cook is Wastewater Superintendent for the City of Homer. Cook says when schools and workplaces first closed, the City's systems were tested.

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Knowing how many people in Homer have COVID-19 is crucial to safely opening up business on the peninsula. With narrow parameters for who can be tested and an initial scramble for test kits and protective equipment, local health care providers have only been able to determine so much.  KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson has the story on the city of Homer's efforts to detect COVID-19 in wastewater.