At the University of Arizona's Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture, researchers are looking for solutions to the ever-changing climate. The center is a land laboratory that helps farmers overcome problems in the field.
Sewage testing helps healthcare professionals understand when, if and how much Covid-19 is present in the population of a given area and provides early warning of a possible outbreak. The presence of coronavirus appears in sewage days before people begin to show symptoms.
The main goal of this project is to measure water usage. They have calculated an 85-90% efficiency in terms of water use for crops. "This project is to account for every drop for each crop because of the shortage of water from the Colorado River," Dr. Saber stated.
The agriculture industry is already doing what it can by supplying the nation with healthy crops to eat during the pandemic, but now it is going above and beyond to help the community detect the COVID virus before the public sees any symptoms.
Arizona researchers are launching a project in Yuma County to understand the community spread of the coronavirus by studying the area’s sewage.
A Yuma pilot project that provides early detection of COVID-19 has gotten the stamp of approval from Gov. Doug Ducey.