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DRWA'S 6TH ANNUAL

Barry Walter
Memorial Golf Outing

October 1st 2020

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DRWA'S 12TH ANNUAL

Water & Wastewater
Operators Expo

October 2nd 2020

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DRWA'S 2ND ANNUAL

Sporting Clays Tournament
"In Memory of Bob Slater"

October 9th 2020

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DRWA'S 31ST ANNUAL

Technical Conference &
Exhibition

February 23rd, 24th & 25th 2021

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Coronavirus Resources for Members & Operators

If you’re getting questions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, you can find resources here to help you provide prompt and accurate answers. This list will grow as more information becomes available, so check back regularly.


Water and Wastewater Utilities have been financially impacted by COVID-19.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a webinar that will:

  • Outline the types of financial impacts to utilities
  • Summarize the availability and flexibility of various federal funding programs related to COVID-19 from EPA, Treasury, FEMA and USDA
  • Answer questions from participants 

Federal Funding for Water and Wastewater Utilities Related to COVID-19
Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6338421059109241613


The recent surge in coronavirus infections in many states has led to uncertainty regarding reopening buildings, businesses and most public areas.  Join IAPMO as they host a webinar to discuss the challenges and what state policymakers are doing to adapt while balancing public health and economic security in this ever-changing environment

The COVID Rollercoaster:  Navigating Your Business Through the Ups and Downs of State COVID Responses
Date:  Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Time:  3:30 p.m. EDT
https://iapmo-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W8t96wIRTXiI63eZMmRJKw


CDC has posted guidance for flushing stagnant water from buildings prior to reopening, or prior to using a closed building for medical purposes.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html  The EPA is working with CDC to develop further information.

CDC also has posted information about the safety of water for hand washing during a boil water advisory on their Q&A page https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html

The scientists and engineers at the Environmental Science, Policy & Research Institute (ESPRI) and AH Environmental Consultants, Inc. (AH) developed brief guidance material to help those who are responsible for maintaining building water systems:  https://esprinstitute.org/coronavirus-building-flushing-guidance/

All EPA resources can be found here and by following the Utility link at the very bottom of this page for more information: https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater

The Office of Drinking Water has released this advisory for Operators concerned about meeting continuing education requirements during the Emergency:  Operator License Renewal Update

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a letter on April 15, 2020 to the Nation’s Emergency Managers, which outlines lessons learned from the first 30 days of FEMA leading the “Whole-of-America” response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This letter expressed the need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at water treatment facilities. The use of PPE is vital for both regular occupational activities and specifically to reduce the exposure to COVID-19 among workers while carrying out mission-essential work.You can access the FEMA Administrator April 15, 2020, letter to Emergency Managers:   https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2020/04/15/fema-administrator-april-15-2020-letter-emergency-managers


Maintaining or Restoring Water Quality in Buildings with Low or No Use
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many buildings and business were closed or experienced significantly reduced water usage for weeks or months, potentially leading to stagnant water inside premise plumbing and distribution systemsTherefore, knowing the risks are key to understanding the steps you can take to restore safe drinking water.

 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released two documents to assist building managers and drinking water professionals in taking action to address water quality prior to reopening:

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control recently released “Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation:”

As businesses and facilities begin to re-open, please review these documents and take the appropriate actions for your water system and/or facilities so that you can ensure safe drinking water for your customers.

 

Water Systems Operation Specialists are in high demand. In the next decade, 30-50% of water professionals are expected to retire. This new Apprenticeship program is a direct response to the coming shortage, and a great opportunity for others to learn valuable skills while embarking on a rewarding career. Apply today.

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A cross connection is a direct or a potential arrangement of drinking water piping that is or can be connected to a questionable source.

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