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  • Drinking Water and Wastewater Facilities – EPA Travel Authorization Template Available

EPA is providing a template for state, localities, drinking water and wastewater utilities to use to provide documentation to essential workers. The Agency has provided a template that state, localities and water utilities can use to provide documentation to workers that are considered essential: Water Utility Template: COVID-19 Pandemic (DOCX)(2 pp, 31 K, April 3, 2020)

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Update on wastewater treatment and Covid 19:

Earlier this week, the California State Water Boards issued information on Covid 19 and wastewater/reuse/biosolids.  One of the key findings, according to the Association of Missouri Cleanwater Agencies, is as follows:

“Viruses, including COVID-19, are inactivated during the wastewater treatment process and do not end up in left-over biosolids or sludge.  Viruses are inactivated throughout the different stages of the wastewater treatment processes and again in the biosolids treatment process itself from heat exposure during anaerobic digestion.” 

What Others Are Saying and For More Information:
United States Environmental Protection Agency:
“Standard treatment and disinfectant processes at wastewater treatment plants are expected to be effective.”

Federal Centers for Disease Control: “At this time, the risk of transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 through sewerage systems is thought to be low. Although transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 through sewage may be possible, there is no evidence to date that this has occurred. The available information suggests that standard municipal wastewater system chlorination practices may be sufficient to inactivate coronaviruses, as long as utilities monitor free available chlorine during treatment to ensure it has not been depleted.”

Water Environment Federation: “Current efforts to elucidate numbers of infections in the community and support public health surveillance have relied on detecting the virus in wastewater using molecular techniques that identify genetic material (RNA), but this method does not assess virus viability or infectivity. Further, there is currently no epidemiological evidence that wastewater is a route of transmission.”

World Health Organization: “There is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus has been transmitted via sewerage systems with or without wastewater treatment.”

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