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Pueblo among communities testing wastewater for COVID-19

Posted at 9:06 PM, Aug 13, 2020

PUEBLO — Pueblo is set to be part of a state program to detect coronavirus in a unique way.

The state health department and scientists will monitor wastewater and fecal matter from Pueblo's reclamation facility.

The program's goal is to stay ahead of the virus by detecting potential outbreaks as early as possible.

"Obviously we want people to be careful all the time but if we have five days warning that there is an outbreak or there is some more infected people than there has been in the community, we want people to know that so they can take those steps that are necessary to protect themselves," said Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar.

There are 18 other facilities taking part in the program, including the JD Phillips and Las Vegas Street Resource Recovery Facilities in Colorado Springs.