Coronavirus Safety

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Wastewater Worker Safety

"The scientific community has found no evidence of viable COVID-19 virus in wastewater systems. While there is still a lot we don't know, it appears contracting COVID-19 through exposure to wastewater is unlikely."
- WEF Update 7/22/20

CDC, EPA Form Federal Wastewater Based Epidemiology Group

August 3, 2020

From the Water Environment Federation… Studying concentrations of pathogens in wastewater — a practice known as wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) — …

Recorded CASA-CWEA Webinar: Overcoming O&M Challenges to Maintain Essential Services

July 25, 2020

View all Coronavirus stories > Join the fourth CWEA-CASA webinar featuring six top utility executives from the San Francisco PUC, …

State Water Board Accepting Emergency Requests for Operator Certification Exams

July 24, 2020

Message below from the State Water Board’s Office of Operator Certification. Note, emergency requests might be prioritized based on impacts …

Coronavirus Q&As: Member Questions, Wastewater Surveillance and More

July 14, 2020

Our June COVID-19 webinar covered wastewater surveillance and how wastewater agencies can help monitor the spread of the virus in …

Lessons from a Pandemic: CWEA’s Board Shares What They’ve Learned 

July 14, 2020

“It was inspiring to see our community work together to help each other out. We’ve learned some important lessons. We did not have enough cleaning supplies and PPE to …

In-Situ Webinar Will Introduce Faster, Cost-Effective Wastewater Testing For Early COVID-19 Detection

July 9, 2020

As more municipalities turn to wastewater monitoring for early detection of COVID-19, these three companies are uniquely positioned to provide …

WEF Names Dr. Andrew Sanderson as Chief Medical Officer to Protect Health and Safety of Wastewater Workforce

July 1, 2020

Collaboration between WEF and Xylem aims to ensure consistent guidance for water operators. To ensure protection of the health and …

Hyperion Ramps-up Production of LASANitizer to Protect Team Members

June 22, 2020

City if LA’s main environmental laboratory has ramped-up production of hand sanitizer to help their fellow team members on the …

WRF Releases Best Practices Guide for COVID Wastewater Surveillance

June 22, 2020

The Water Research Foundation convened the International Water Research Summit on Environmental Surveillance of COVID-19 Indicators in Sewersheds in response …

Stanford, NYU Professors Investigate Past Studies on Coronaviruses and Disinfection

June 21, 2020

Press release from NYU… SARS-CoV-2, the virus the causes COVID-19, is an enveloped virus in the coronavirus family that has …

Recorded CASA-CWEA Webinar: Wastewater Surveillance from CDC, EPA, and California Perspectives

June 20, 2020

Our series of deep dives into the coronavirus pandemic continues with a close-up look at wastewater surveillance as a public …

Ironhouse Sanitary Gets Creative Dealing with Wipes, Then Pandemic Causes Debris to Spike Even Higher

June 19, 2020

View all wipes stories > California’s sewers were built to handle pee, poo and toilet paper, but increasingly they’re being …

The Power of UV Light in Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 16, 2020

By Paula Hansen and Artem Dyachenko East Bay Municipal Utility District Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is a disinfection method that …

EBMUD Producing Hand Sanitizer In-House for Worker Safety

June 16, 2020

View our complete coverage of coronavirus worker safety > Facing an extreme shortage of hand sanitizer in the early days …

Scientific Review of Coronavirus Studies Finds SARS-CoV-2 Highly Unstable in Water, Sensitive to Disinfectants

June 9, 2020

With hundreds of scientific papers about the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) released every month, several Italian researchers decided to take a step …

Journal Finds Recycled Water Regs Well Positioned for Current and Future Viruses Like SARS-CoV-2

June 9, 2020

Download “Will SARS-CoV-2 reset public health requirements in the water industry? Integrating lessons of the past and emerging research” (pdf) …

California Based Blue-White Pumps Designs New Ventilator for COVID Patients

June 8, 2020

Story from Blue-White pumps… When officials in Huntington Beach, became concerned whether enough ventilators would be available to treat the …

Water, Wastewater Professional’s Guide to COVID-19 by WEF

May 21, 2020

View all coronavirus stories > WEF releases an updated and expanded version of “The Water Professional’s Guide to COVID-19” Authors: …

Disclaimer: The information posted here is a summary of current knowledge about this emerging viral pathogen. The state of knowledge will evolve as additional investigation and research is conducted, so continuous review of reputable sources and websites is advised.