EPA Releases Pandemic Checklist for Water Utilities

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Trey Shanks

Environmental Scientist

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 in other areas, such as staff shortages, supply chain interruptions and field operation interruptions.

Along with the checklist, many Water Utilities have already started updating their emergency response plans to comply with the requirements under the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. Freese and Nichols has experts nearby who can assist you with these requirements.

For questions about AWIA and emergency response plans, please contact one of our regional representatives:

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Trey Shanks, CFM, IAM, leads Freese and Nichols’ Asset Management services. He is a Principal in our Fort Worth office. trey.shanks@freese.com