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COVID-19 in CA: Managing Collection Systems During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 15, 2020
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The coronavirus is raising concern among collection system professionals. WEF, the Water Research Foundation and academics are racing to determine if COVID-19 can be transmitted through sewer systems. According to the CDC, evidence points towards the virus being inactive in sewage and the risk of transmission is thought to be low. WEF?s current recommendations are standard PPEs and good hand hygiene. While professionals await definitive science, how do we take precautions? Phil Scott and Sergio Ramirez, utility leaders with the West Bay Sanitary District in the Bay Area, discuss the procedures and PPE protections their agency is using. They also discuss practices they were already using and the importance of following procedures. Jennifer Seguin, Division Manager for the Sanitary and Storm Sewer Maintenance Program for City of San Jose, discusses procedures and PPE protections her agency is taking. Curtis Smith from the Verbal Judo Institute shares quick tips to de-escalate and persuade residents into compliance or understanding. When the public or media approaches you at a work site what should you do? If you need to go near or into a residence, how do you keep yourself, your team and the resident safe? Thank you to our webinar sponsor: HDR. Contact hours are only provided to those that participated in the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio.


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