COVID-19 and Our Water Supply

What is the impact of COVID-19 on our water supply? As we learn on the Season 2 debut of "Let's Talk About Water," scientists' initial fears the virus could be waterborne, as well as airborne, have lessened. But as it has in just about every other aspect of our lives, COVID has affected how we understand and use water.




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Markus Brinkmann

Marcus Brinkman is a scientist at the University of Saskatchewan studying contaminants in aquatic organisms, including the influence of environmental and physiological factors, results from global change, and translating lab studies into real-life situations. Marcus uses an interdisciplinary approach, using toxicology, environmental chemistry, and hydrology, to explore these problems. He earned a PhD at Aachen University in Germany, before becoming a research associate at the Department of Ecosystem Analysis, Institute for Environmental Research, at Aachen University. In 2018, he became an assistant Professor in Exposure and Risk Assessment Modelling in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also Faculty of the Global Water Futures (GWF) Programme, and a member of the Toxicology Centre and the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS).


Jay also speaks to Navajo rights activist Emma Robbins. Robbins explains how COVID has jeopardized people engaged in the day-to-day struggle to find potable water on the largest Native American Reservation in the United States.









And he talks to high-tech entrepreneur Trever Andrew, a member of the Shuswap First Nation in South-Central British Columbia. Clients from around the world are flocking to buy Andrew's new web-based app to help secure their water treatment systems during this anxious period of a

pandemic.