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COVID-19, Drinking Water and Wastewater: Health and Safety References

 

Iowa Rural Water Association COVID-19 Update
(Added 3/27/2019)

Due to the current health emergency situation, effective March 19, 2020, the Iowa Rural Water Association (IRWA) will be implementing a modified work schedule for its employees. Our national technical assistance and training contracts have been amended to include remote assistance until April 17, 2020. This means that the majority of our technical assistance and training during this period will be conducted by phone calls, emails, teleconferencing, etc. We will be available for day-to-day questions, concerns and assistance through the contact information listed below.

The IRWA staff will be available for emergency on-site assistance. We have developed the following policy to layout what we believe an emergency situation is:

The examples listed above are not all inclusive. We will take the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act into consideration for all requests for assistance.

We are dedicated to assisting water and wastewater utilities as well as taking care of our staff health. We hope to strike the perfect balance in maintaining each of these.

We are all experiencing new ways to deal with day-to-day life. Providing safe drinking water and properly disposing of wastewater are not immune to these challenges. I assure you, IRWA is here to help you through all of this.

Take care!

 

Gregory Huff, CEO, IRWA
515 707-8384
[email protected]

 

U.S. EPA

Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater | Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | US EPA
There is no higher priority for EPA than protecting the health and safety of Americans. EPA is providing this important information about COVID-19 as it relates to drinking water and wastewater to provide clarity to the public.

www.epa.gov

https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html

https://nrwa.org/initiatives/covid-19/

 

DNR's Role in Disaster Response and Recovery

https://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/Social-Media-Press-Room/Disaster-Assistance#3057321-covid---19-outbreak


Iowa Governor Reynolds Proclamation:

https://governor.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Public%20Health%20Proclamation%20-%202020.03.17.pdf

IMPORTANT: If you anticipate that your water or wastewater utility will be seeking FEMA reimbursement for any qualified COVID-19 related expenses, please remember to properly document as required by FEMA.
President Trump declared a nationwide emergency on March 13, 2020.

This increases federal support to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in its role as the lead federal agency for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response. As a result of the President’s action, FEMA has been directed to assist state and local governments and other eligible entities with the health and safety actions they take on behalf of the American public. Specific information concerning this declaration can be found here:
https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2020/03/13/covid-19-emergency-declaration

 

Iowa COVID-19 Dashboard:

https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus


Iowa Department of Natural Resources Recommended List of Relevant Novel Coronavirus Resources:

We also encourage you to join the Iowa Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (IOWARN). Becoming a member utility of the IOWARN mutual aid response network will help utilities mobilize in response to emergencies across the state. As a member, your utility will play a major role in ensuring the welfare of the state in emergency situations. For more information and to sign up on-line, please visit:

http://www.iowarn.org/