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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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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...

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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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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 ....

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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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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...

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The Texas Chapter of the American Public Works Association is asking public works officials and their teams to share how they’re dealing with the challenges arising from the COVID-19 outbreak. The responses are being compiled to track responses and create an up-to-date repository of information about the rapidly changing situation.

The chapter is making the data available on its website, with updates provided as more comments and questions are received.

Input can be...

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As guidance for elected officials and public works agencies, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated water, wastewater, drainage and public works employees as Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during the COVID-19 emergency.

Also included are electricity industry workers, including those involved in power transmission and distribution, and environmental remediation/monitoring technicians.

The full list of essential workers , released through the DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security...

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