Winter is just around the corner,and daylight will soon begin to expand. To me this symbolizes hope rising for an expansive new year.

This hope for a better 2021 is amplified by the COVID-19 vaccine's approval by the FDA and the beginning of shipments. Understanding that the broader distribution will take many months, it is the vital beginning. More vaccines are on the horizon, which will only enhance our ability to end the coronavirus.

We’ve lived in a pandemic world for 10 months now, and we’ve all struggled to varying degrees. Our workforce continues to be resilient and flexible as we fulfill our responsibilities. As essential infrastructure workers, our staff show up day in and day out, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, such as our sewage workers, who operate in the background most of the time. Each time you flush your toilet, take a shower, and use your kitchen sink, remember there are wastewater professionals behind the scenes ensuring that your service remains uninterrupted. They are the unsung heroes that we at SVCW don't take for granted.

On the topic of wastewater vigilance, there have been news stories related to tracing the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 through a community’s wastewater. SVCW is participating in regional and national studies by providing influent wastewater and sludge samples. Studies haven’t evolved enough to enable pinpointing the virus’ presence in a particular community, but strides are being made. The good news is that, when the threat of COVID-19 is behind us, these studies and the related work being done will be very fruitful for identifying, and mitigating, other potential health threats to our communities.

As we bring 2020 to a close, I hope we all celebrate what we are grateful for, and the strides we have made this year.

I hope you enjoy reading about some of those developments, and other important updates, below!