PUEBLO—The City of Pueblo and the State of Colorado celebrated Wastewater Utility Appreciation Week Nov. 27 through Dec. 1. Governor of Colorado Jared Polis signed a proclamation recognizing the significance of Wastewater Utility Appreciation Week.
“Wastewater Utility Appreciation Week has always held significant value for our residents and communities across our state, however since the COVID pandemic we have seen a new appreciation for the sample testing related to the presence of viruses in our wastewater,” said Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar.
Wastewater samples have been provided by facilities across the state of Colorado in cooperation with Colorado State University in Fort Collins to help detect the presence of COVID for monitoring purposes. This vital public health data has allowed communities like Pueblo to detect the increased or decreased presence of COVID and prepare for next steps in treatment during the pandemic.
“Our James R. Dilorio Water Reclamation Facility treats wastewater generated in homes, businesses and throughout the City of Pueblo,” said Gradisar. “They have taken on significant work to protect our public health during the time of the pandemic and continually work to protect our environment each and every day.”