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Coronavirus Outbreak Response

This page offers members the most recent information on the Section's response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

 

last updated Thu, Apr 2 12:00pm

 

Volunteers, please contact staff for assistance in reserving a teleconference line or GoToMeeting.

All trainings scheduled for April or May have been rescheduled, modified to a virtual format, or rescheduled.See below or the Events Calendar for details on each training.

Executive order 2020-28 requires that water supplies reconnect residential customers to their water and suspend further water shut offs through the duration of the state of emergency. A key component of this order is the reporting requirements. Please read the order and contact your EGLE district engineer with any questions.

Members may read and subscribe to the Section's COVID-19 blog here.


Trainings

Rescheduled:
  • Michigan Field Day with RCAP (TBD)

 

Postponed:

  • Optimizing Performance and Accessing Funding to Improve Small Systems
  • Practical Communication for Water Professionals


Modified:

  • Lab Practices (TBD)

 

Cancelled:

  • Water Bacteriology
  • No Water No Beer

 

Michigan Water Sector Response to COVID-19 Virtual Meetings

Co-sponsored by MiWARN, MI-AWWA, MRWA, and MWEA,

The water community joined together to host virtual meetings to help Michigan water professionals understand how best to sustain operations during the coronavirus outbreak. Thank you to our hosts and panelists for the time and leadership. Recordings of all five meetings and a transcript of the chat and Q&A sessions are available on the MWEA website. Here what colleagues from across the state are doing in response to the pandemic.

The next round of virtual meetings for Michigan Water professionals will be Mon, Apr 13 at 2:00pm and Wed, Apr 15 at 9:00am. Register for one or both of these calls here.

 

Event Cancellation and Refund

Through May 31st, the Section will offer a no-penalty refund to anyone who cannot or does not wish to participate in the rescheduled or virtual trainings. If you wish to cancel and request a refund, please complete the form here.

 

Water Sector Response Poll

Let us know how your employer is handling this situation. 2-question survey. Also, the Section is working with MI-WARN to schedule virtual meetings where you can hear from your colleagues about the measures they are taking. Stay tuned for more info on those meetings.

 

Cyber Security - stay vigilant

Of all the things to worry about, unfortunately we can't forget about cyber security. Phishing email scams are swamping email boxes pretending to be the CDC, the WHO, and others exploiting our concerns about the current coronavirus outbreak. Remember to follow best practices and always roll over a link before clicking on it. Also, remember to check the sender to make sure the address is a valid trusted source. Check out KnowBe4's latest blog on the recent tactics.

 

 

Resources

AWWA - The AWWA coronavirus resource page was created to help members determine  needed action and provide an update on Association actions taken.

View the recording of AWWA's COVID-19 Webinar here.

EGLE - The Michigan Dept of Environment, Great Lakes, and Engery offers information  for operators to help manage water facility operations. EGLE has issued guidance on  flushing after reconnection of service for water customers

MDHHS - The Michigan Dept of Health and Human Services also has a page to keep you updated about state efforts.

EPAEnforcement implications memo issued 3/26/20.

SAMPLE documents - Check here for sample documents Michigan water supplies are using to help communicate with customers and maintain operations.


 

Utility employees are considered essential workforce, per Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-16 and the US Dept of Homeland Security. Water professionals are critical to keeping the water flowing for the health and safety of everyone. If you need child care during this time, please visit HelpMeGrow.org to see if they can assist you. Or check with your local United Way.

 

Documents shared here or in the File Library are offered as reference. It is up to each utility to determine what steps are best suited for their community's situation.

Visit the Great Lakes Community Action Partnership for guidance on preparing for a pandemic.

 

Please check back frequently for updates.


 

Emergency Operators

If you are a licensed water or wastewater operator and have the ability to help out a nearby facility in the short-term if they are understaffed, please sign up for the licensed operator pool here. You may direct questions to


Bonnifer Ballard, MI-AWWA, bballard@mi-water.org

Tim Neumann, MRWA, tneumann@mrwa.net

Allison Wood, MWEA, awood@mi-wea.org

 


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