COVID-19 Resources for Water/Wastewater
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an emerging, rapidly evolving incident. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a website that provides key EPA resources and general information on COVID-19, including a March 27, 2020, letter from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to Governors in all 50 states, territories, and Washington, DC, requesting that water and wastewater workers, as well as the manufacturers and suppliers who provide vital services and materials to the water sector, are considered essential workers and businesses by state authorities when enacting restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Access information on COVID-19 and drinking water and wastewater here.
Additional information can be found here.
Increase Pandemic Preparedness
Access EPA's recently released Incident Action Checklist for Pandemic Incidents to enhance your utility's ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from a pandemic.
This Incident Action Checklist addresses potential impacts of COVID-19 to drinking water and wastewater utilities, including:
· Staff shortages due to absenteeism;
· Supply chain disruptions (chemicals, materials, personal protective equipment);
· Field operations interruptions (repairs, meter reading, sampling); and
· Inability to maintain all operations.
Access the checklist here.
COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program
Temporary Advisory for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Reporting in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic