Posted by Trey Shanks on Apr 1, 2020 in FNI Water™
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:
Posted by Wick Warden on Mar 30, 2020 in FNI Water™
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.
Posted by Jason Afinowicz on Mar 26, 2020 in FNI Water™
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.
Posted by Thomas Haster on Mar 26, 2020 in FNI Water™
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.
Posted by Krista Paredes on Mar 24, 2020 in FNI Water™
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.
Posted by David Jackson on Mar 24, 2020 in FNI Water™
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...
Posted by Alan Greer on Mar 20, 2020 in FNI Water™
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.
Posted by Trey Shanks on Mar 20, 2020 in FNI Water™
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.