Our goal

Briging experts and knowledge about
wastewater-based epidemiology together

SCORE aims to further develop wastewater-based epidemiology as an innovative tool to improve human health on a global scale.

Wastewater contains a large number of biomarkers that reflect the lifestyle and health status of an entire community.

These biomarkers can either be endogenous (i.e., they are made by the human body) or exogenous (i.e., they originate outside the human body) and can either be of chemical (e.g., oxidative stress biomarkers, illicit drugs, pharmaceuticals, environmental contaminants) or microbiological (e.g., viruses and bacteria) origin. Once detected and quantified, using either chemical or molecular methods, the occurrence of these biomarkers can be used to derive relevant information for public health.




wastewater plants




We are a network of organisations from 37 countries across the world and have been active in the field of wastewater-based epidemiology since 2011.

Activity center

Photo: KWR, Nieuwegein NL

Yearly monitoring data

Access our data about illicit drug use


An overview of all the things that can be done with wastewater-based epidemiology


List of publications from SCORE partners


Past and ongoing projects involving SCORE partners

Want to participate?

We are always looking for partners willing to participate and to contribute to the SCORE network in order to further develop wastewater-based epidemiology.