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COVID-19 Guidance
Updates on coronavirus from WIAWWA:  
  1. AWWA is notifying water customers the virus COVID-19 is not transmitted by water and the water is safe to drink.  CDC and EPA (see links) have provided notice that typical drinking water treatment practices will remove or inactivate the virus.  Communication with water customers regarding the safety of the water supply is appropriate.  CDC on Water Transmission and EPA Q&A.

  2. AWWA has provided thoughts and resources for addressing workforce reduction due to sickness or employees attending to sick family members.  More information from AWWA on the virus can be located at: https://www.awwa.org/Resources-Tools/Resource-Topics/Coronavirus  The website includes links to EPA, WHO, and CDC information and the status of national AWWA events and many other resources.  AWWA Resource Page.
     
  3. As self-isolation may be required, the PSC has provided direction that water services are not to be shutoff.  More detail can be located: http://apps.psc.wi.gov/vs2017/NewsReleases/default.aspx "PSC Tells Wisconsin Utilities to Suspend Disconnections for Nonpayment During Public Health Emergency Utilities Must Reconnect Those Who Have Been Disconnected".
     
  4. WIAWWA has taken action to cancel or reschedule all seminars for the remainder of March, April, and May.  We are thankful for all the volunteers who have worked on events that are now faced with more decisions and changes in plans.    Our thoughts go out to Wisconsin Rural Water, Illinois Section, New Jersey Section, Missouri Section, Texas Section, and the AWWA Membrane Conference coordinators and many others who have had to cancel or reschedule their annual meetings. 

  5. Wisconsin Governor Evers did declare a state of emergency that can be found at:
    https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/03/12/file_attachments/1399035/EO072-DeclaringHealthEmergencyCOVID-19.pdf
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6.  DNR has contacted many utilities regarding the emergency declaration noting immediate items to consider for drinking water utilities:
  • Raising the free chlorine levels as a precaution. Most systems feed about 0.2 mg/l free and can feed up to 2 mg/l free if needed.
  • Additional supply of chlorine (liquid, gas, solid) in case of chemical shortages of any sort.
  • Coordination of sampling sites. Sites such as schools, businesses may be closed at any point in time; sampling might not be available to operators.
  • Suspend any public tours of the water utility.
  • Update your emergency action plan with the information from AWWA/CDC.
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