You know your utility, staff, and situation best. “Keeping our water and wastewater operators healthy and operations functioning is critical during public health threats as we are experiencing with Coronavirus”, says Scott Schaefer, AE2S Wastewater Practice Leader. Containment measures are very important to public health, especially as the health care system is anticipated to be stressed.
Consider the following to protect your staff and system operations:
When you think about your individual staff and how they go about their day, it is important to consider things such as how uniforms are laundered, how PPE is disposed, and what protocols and restrictions may need to be put in place and for how long.
The good news in all of this is that existing regulations and disinfection practices are expected to be sufficient and protective of public health for both water and wastewater. Coronavirus is more susceptible to disinfection than regulatory indicator organisms (fecal coliform, E. Coli). We can continue to assure the public that they can continue to count on safe drinking water and dependable wastewater treatment.
Our AE2S staff is working side by side with utilities and communities to further best practices and assist with emergency responses when necessary. Please contact the following if you need assistance or have questions in the following topic areas:
PPE Heirarchy: https://www.wef.org/globalassets/assets-wef/news-hub/coronavirus/wastewater-worker-safety-controls.png
WEF Water Professional’s Guide: https://www.wef.org/news-hub/wef-news/the-water-professionals-guide-to-the-2019-novel-coronavirus/
WEF Coronavirus Page: https://www.wef.org/news-hub/current-priorities/coronavirus/
AWWA Coronavirus Page: https://www.awwa.org/Resources-Tools/Resource-Topics/Coronavirus
CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html CDC FAQ: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html