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How prepared is your utility for a pandemic?

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the Environmental Protection Agency has developed a pandemic checklist for utilities to gauge preparedness. The checklist identifies recommendations for pandemic:

  • Preparedness
  • Response
  • Recovery

See the checklist here.

EPA notes that the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 via drinking water is low, but utilities might be impacted...

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Drought conditions slightly contracted across the United States this week. The nationwide Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) decreased from 41 to 40, as the percent coverage of D1-D3 conditions constricted, while D0 conditions slightly expanded. Over this past week, storms brought precipitation to areas of the West, central Great Plains, southeastern Plains and into the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. Rainfall overlapped areas previously impacted by drought, including California and southern Texas,...

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TagsCurrent Drought Conditions, Drought Index, Drought Maps, Drought Monitor, Drought Response, Drought Restrictions, Groundwater, Historical Data, reservoir levels, streamflow,

Water Professionals on the front lines in our water utilities may not be able to work from home, especially for those in maintenance and plant operations. Each member has technically specialized knowledge unique to their community systems.

What happens if an unplanned absence lasts several weeks or if multiple team members are out simultaneously? Temporarily losing a team member’s knowledge can pose serious challenges.

Here are some tips for minimizing the risk and...

Read More - How Water Utilities Can Mitigate COVID-19 Challenges

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Water conservation -- don’t go it alone. In the next part in our Sustainable Water Management Series, this webinar will cover the importance of partnerships in water conservation and opportunities available.

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT Tuesday, April 7

Where: Webinar via Skype

Cost : Free

REGISTER HERE

Part 1: Transformational Water Conservation Projects at TxN

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TagsWater conservation, Water, water resource, water resource planning, PACE, Texan By Nature,

Organizations serving the water, wastewater and public works sectors are sharing advice, resources and other information to make sure providers have the tools they need to maintain their vital operations.

A webinar sponsored by the American Water Works Association reviewed emergency response plans being implemented by large and small utilities because of the coronavirus and offered a variety of tips for crisis navigation. Click to watch the full webinar ....

Read More - Maintaining Operations During the COVID-19 Crisis

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Wastewater treatment plant owners and operators across the U.S. are spreading the word to their customers who are at home during the coronavirus outbreak: Don’t flush anything except toilet paper.

Sanitizing wipes, paper towels and even “flushable” baby wipes can and are clogging pipes and sewer systems. The Environmental Protection Agency , along with multiple cities and wastewater utilities are warning residents about the dangers with a Twitter hashtag #WipesClogPipes.

“Being...

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The March 2020 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) update indicated that overall, combined oceanic and atmospheric conditions remained consistent with ENSO-neutral during February 2020. Over the next few months, ENSO-neutral is favored during the spring of 2020 (~65% chance) and expected to continue through the summer of 2020 (~55% chance) in the Northern Hemisphere. To read more, click here .

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center 2020...

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There are numerous questions in the water and wastewater industry regarding the safety of our workforce who may potentially be exposed to raw wastewater carrying the novel coronavirus. As with any infectious disease outbreak, the industry’s approach to the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, should be to continue safe and effective management of our treatment systems while being cautious and practicing proper safety protocols to protect our professional operators. As Clean Water Professionals, our wastewater operators are adept and trained to handle a number of...

Read More - Wastewater Treatment and Infectious Disease Outbreaks 

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Tagswastewater treatment, coronavirus, COVID-19, WEF, OSHA, CDC, disinfection,

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