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CWWA Water Sector Pandemic Action Plan

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CWWA along with our Security and Emergency Management Committee have developed a new Water Sector Pandemic Action Plan. We’d particularly like to thank Ian McIlwham – Chair CWWA Security & Emergency Management Committee, Regional Municipality of Durham and  Greg Solecki CEM CBCP – Past Chair CWWA Security & Emergency Management Committee, Sandhurst Consulting who co-authored the document.

This Plan discusses the vulnerabilities of water services and lays out some actions that utilities should implement in order to ensure continuous service while also ensuring the safety of staff, and allowing flexibility for staff.

Government of Canada resources

Risk-informed decision-making guidelines for workplaces and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic

Public Health Agency of Canada

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Provide a framework for risk-informed decision making about public health actions for workplaces/businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19

World Health Organization (WHO)

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This Technical Brief supplements existing IPC documents by referring to and summarizing WHO guidance on water, sanitation and health care waste which is relevant for viruses (including coronaviruses). This Technical Brief is written in particular for water and sanitation practitioners and providers.

Water Transmission and COVID-19

US Centers for Disease for Control (CDC)

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In view of the level of interest generated in Germany by reporting on the discussion on Coronavirus between 30 sewer network owners at a meeting of the KomNetABWASSER (Municipal Network Wastewater) at IKT, we are providing links here to advice in several countries. 

 

In recent weeks, the question of whether Coronavirus is present in faeces and what the consequences are for sewer and wastewater treatment operations has been raised. Evidence was emerging that the virus had been identified in the faeces of some patients, and this has been confirmed by the WHO in its posting of 3rd March. Here comes our linklist:

International Roundup of advice on Coronavirus and Sewer Operation

Institute for Underground Infrastructure

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In view of the level of interest generated in Germany by reporting on the discussion on Coronavirus between 30 sewer network owners at a meeting of the KomNetABWASSER (Municipal Network Wastewater) at IKT, we are providing links here to advice in several countries. 

 

In recent weeks, the question of whether Coronavirus is present in faeces and what the consequences are for sewer and wastewater treatment operations has been raised. Evidence was emerging that the virus had been identified in the faeces of some patients, and this has been confirmed by the WHO in its posting of 3rd March. Here comes our linklist:

What We Know About Coronavirus and Water Treatment

Water Environment Federation (WEF)

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In the absence of coronavirus-specific information, public health authorities, environmental protection agencies, and water organizations rely on what is known about coronavirus surrogates (e.g., SARS, human and animal coronaviruses) to assess and manage risk in a precautionary manner.

Words On Water #128: Coronavirus and Water Treatment

Water Environment Federation (WEF)

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March 2, 2020

Dr. Rasha Maal-Bared is Senior Microbiologist at EPCOR and Scott Schaefer is Wastewater Practice Leader at AE2S and Chair of WEF’s Disinfection & Public Health Committee. In this episode Rasha and Scott discuss the coronavirus, its origin, and the agencies involved in response. They explain why the water sector should pay attention to coronavirus, how treatment addresses the virus, and that water workers should follow standard safety protocol. Rasha and Scott say the water sector should stay informed of developments but remain calm.

Pandemic Continuity of Operations (COOP) Essential Personnel

Water Environment Federation (WEF)

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, water and wastewater utilities are currently triggering their response plans for continuity of operations. A significant component during pandemic is consideration of critical functions that include essential personnel whose role does not allow for telework. Critical services must continue and COOP activities in the face of potentially severe staff shortages and absenteeism is of concern. This webcast will focus on the role of essential personnel.

Utility Actions to Sustain Operations During COVID-19

American Water Works Association (AWWA)

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This webinar is designed to share practices that utilities have implemented to prepare and respond to COVID-19. This includes a discussion of workforce issues, facility access and supply chain conditions. In addition, a summary of state primacy agency actions with be provided. Templates that a utility might use to support pandemic planning efforts will also be shared.

Emergency Preparedness and Planning

M19 EMERGENCY PLANNING FOR WATER AND WASTEWATER

American Water Works Association (AWWA)

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This manual presents an all-hazards approach for principles, practices, and guidelines in water utility emergency planning.

DEJA flu - cwwa pandemic planning exercise

2009 exercise report

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In 2009 CWWA along with the City of Calgary undertook a tabletop exercise to assess participants preparedness for a major influenza outbreak. The purpose of the exercise was to force participants to think critically of how this hypothetical pandemic scenario would impact their utility. The exercise was designed to help participants gain new and invaluable insight into how a pandemic or other loss of workforce event could affect the continuity of their business and the provision of their operation.

News and Media

Workers to stay 'bunkered in' at water treatment plant in Brandon, Man., to ensure service during pandemic

CBC News