The National League of Cities (NLC) is partnering with WastewaterSCAN, a nationwide effort to expand wastewater monitoring to more cities. WastewaterSCAN employs a leading approach for monitoring diseases through municipal wastewater systems to inform public health responses. NLC is reaching out to our network of cities to invite you to take advantage of WastewaterSCAN’s expansion.

Through this partnership, WastewaterSCAN will test wastewater from participating cities three times a week for at least one year at no cost (including materials and shipping expenses) and share the results. Participating cities also can participate in NLC’s WastewaterSCAN Learning Cohort, peer-supported, knowledge-sharing community whose learnings will contribute to improved nationwide pandemic-readiness infrastructure.

If your city is interested in being a part of WastewaterSCAN’s testing and NLC’s WastewaterSCAN Learning Cohort, please fill out the form below.

If you have any questions please contact us at wwcohort@nlc.org.

Proposal Instructions

Up to six cities will be selected for this project. Only one application per municipality will be considered and must be submitted with the full support of the mayor.


Important: As your city team works together to prepare its proposal, please refer to the Request for Proposal PDF. This PDF should serve as a guide when submitting your formal application here.

  • Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of interest from their Mayor to coo@nlc.org with the subject line “Letter of Interest- Mayors’ Institute (your city) by October 21, 2022.
  • Complete proposals have been extended! Complete proposals must be received no later than December 9, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Cities will be notified of their selection status by January 2023.

Proposal Instructions
Up to eight cities will be selected for the 2023 Action Cohort. Only one application per municipality will be considered and must be submitted with the full support of the mayor and/or city manager.

Important: As your city team works together to prepare its proposal, please refer to the Request for Proposal PDF. This PDF should serve as a guide when submitting your formal application here.

  • Complete proposals have been extended! Proposals must be received no later than December 9, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Interviews of finalist cities will take place October 31st, 2022 to November 11th, 2022.
  • Cities will be notified of their selection status by January 2023.


National League of Cities