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 6/22/20

Recorded Webinar: WEF Interviews CDC About Coronavirus Community Surveillance

April 27, 2020

Wastewater epidemiology has been used for decades to track the presence of infectious diseases such as polio in communities. It …

Australian Water-Wastewater Association Posts Coronavirus Fact Sheet

April 27, 2020

From the Australian Water-Wastewater Association… What is Coronavirus (CoV)? Coronaviruses are a large and diverse family of envelopedi RNAii viruses. …

State Water Board Declares Treated Wastewater, Reuse Water Safe from Coronavirus

April 22, 2020

Press release from the State Water Board. View CWEA’s round-up of coronavirus stories here. Existing stringent state standards protect public …

Member Surveys Show PPE Shortage, Wipes Struggles

April 21, 2020

View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here > Throughout CWEA’s three COVID-19 webinars we’ve been surveying wastewater …

Recorded Webinar: Coronavirus and Wastewater Disinfection

April 20, 2020

CWEA’s fourth free COVID-19 in CA webinar From April 30, 2020 The experts tell us the coronavirus is here to …

Photo Gallery: CWEA Member PPE Selfies

April 20, 2020

Show off your PPE Whatever happens in this pandemic, the wastewater keeps flowing. CWEA members are #essentialworkers out there keeping …

Recorded Webinar: Managing Collection Systems During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 17, 2020

  COVID-19 in CA free Webinar – Collection Systems and Coronavirus Pandemic was held on Wednesday, April 15th. The webinar …

WEF Forms Blue Ribbon Panel to Address Worker Safety

April 16, 2020

What we know today (4/16/20) WEF is continuing to work on the matter of wastewater worker protection from disease causing …

US EPA Temporary Advisory on NPDES Reporting

April 15, 2020

Temporary Advisory for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Reporting in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic On March 26, 2020, EPA’s …

Australian Scientist Examines Coronavirus and Wastewater Worker Safety

April 15, 2020

Dr. Fiona Young is an Adjunct Associate Professor, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. She taught …

EPA Urges States to Support Drinking Water and Wastewater Operations During COVID-19

April 14, 2020

View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here > Message from the US EPA… Today, U.S. Environmental Protection …

CDC and Several CA Counties Recommend Wearing a Cloth Mask

April 14, 2020

Updates These orders may apply to workers in the field and construction sites be sure to check with your employer …

Recorded CWEA Webinar: Continuity of Operations and Emergency Staffing

April 14, 2020

Coverage of water workforce topics is supported by waterTALENT COVID-19 in CA Webinar – Continuity of Operations and Emergency Staffing …

‘Flushable’ Wipes Stories Storm the Media as TP Shortage Strikes

April 13, 2020

March 2020 may go down as one the biggest moments in the wastewater professions’ battle against “flushable” wipes. A combination …

California’s Beale Air Force Base Overwhelmed with Wipes

April 13, 2020

Written and photography by: Senior Airman Colville McFee, 9th Reconnaissance Wing Beale Air Force Base, Calif. – The 9th Civil …

International Researchers Launch COVID-19 Water Blog

April 13, 2020

View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here > The new website is: One of their first …

Study in the Journal ‘Nature’ Finds Coronavirus Inactive in Stool Samples

April 12, 2020

View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here > From the paper’s April 1, 2020 abstract. Note the …

Environmental Engineers and Scientists Play Important Role in Stemming Pandemic

April 10, 2020

View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here > By Krista R. Wigginton and Alexandria B. Boehm Environmental …

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.