This is a list of resources that will help operators through the pandemic.
We marked links in red that we believe you should pay special attention to.
Coronavirus/COVID-19 Readiness: Sustaining Operations1
The Division of Drinking Water (DDW) and the Rural Water Association of Utah (RWAU) created a joint press release containing guidelines for sustaining operations.
Water operators are essential personnel and should be prepared to address potential impacts to supply due to personnel interruptions tied to COVID-19. Water systems play a vital role in public health and Rural Water Association and the Division of Drinking Water are here to help systems put measures in place that ensure seamless operations during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
Wastewater and Coronavirus (COVID-19): What are the risks?2
The University of Minnesota has released a pdf containing important information for wastewater operators. The study is a compilation of data regarding COVID-19 and its effect on wastewater. We highly recommend you read it.
UTWARN Assistance Request3
The current state of response to the COVID-19 virus means that water and wastewater systems must commit themselves as first responders to the protection of the public’s health. The undisrupted continuation of water and wastewater service within all communities is vital. UTWARN is looking for operators who can help should the coronavirus outbreak disrupt a systems ability to continue serving a community.
Prior to assistance being initiated, the requesting system and the responding system along with the responding individual(s) shall work out all details of the response. The following document outlines items that need to be discussed before operational assistance can occur.
1 Joint Statement written by the Rural Water Association of Utah (RWAU) and the Division of Drinking Water (DDW)
2 Written and published by the University of Minnesota
3 Written and published by RWAU