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Many agencies in the transportation industry are continuing to work during the coronavirus outbreak, while taking necessary precautions to protect their workers. However, impacts of the coronavirus continue to evolve as closures and stay-at-home orders expand. Decreases in the workforce, tollway revenues and gas taxes are just some of the nationwide problems that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Surveys and research from the transportation industry indicate that it...

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The impact of COVID-19 on the construction industry is evo lving as the reach of government - mandate d closures and stay-at-home orders continues to expand. 

The coronavirus outbreak is expected to impact six areas related to construction projects:

  • Employee H ealth and S afety
  • Material Delays
  • Concerned Clients and Lenders
  • Qua rantines and Travel Bans
  • Legal Issues
  • Global Uncertainty

At...

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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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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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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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Water utility owners and operators are among the best-prepared public institutions in coping with emergencies. But as the coronavirus outbreak intensifies, utilities are being challenged to ensure the continuity of their operations while also reassuring their customers about the safety and reliability of their water supply.

Because of the requirements under the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 , many Water Utilities have already started updating their emergency response plans. Freese...

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