Utilities large and small throughout the state have been challenged by continuity of operations while balancing public health protection during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, WASWD has provided resources to help water and sewer districts navigate operations. This page contains resources that have been available at each of the phases of the pandemic that may still be helpful.
During a crisis we must all join together to help each other. WASWD is here if you need assistance finding solutions to emerging problems in providing service to your customers. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-246-1299.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC): The first and best source of authoritative information at this link, including information on the virus itself, situation updates, and tailored information including water and wastewater service, and for employers.
World Health Organization (WHO): Water, sanitation, and waste management for COVID-19
EPA: Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater
FEMA: Public Assistance Program and Policy Guidelines
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): COVID-19 Control and Prevention
DOH: 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19)
MRSC: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources For Local Governments
Watch the webinar conducted on March 16 addressing some of the issues faced by local governments in Washington State.
AWWA: AWWA Resource Page
Water Environment Federation (WEF): The Water Professional’s Guide to COVID-19
Washington Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WAWARN): WAWARN is a Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network that allows water and wastewater systems to receive rapid mutual aid and assistance from other systems in an emergency. Utilities sign the WARN standard agreement which then allows them to share resources with any other system in Washington that has also signed the agreement. Find out more at this link.
Association of Washington Cities: Resources
Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Guide
Employment Security: Additional support for employers and workers impacted by COVID-19. Chart summarizing who qualifies for specific benefits.
Essential Worker and Supplier, Services Letters
Below you will find sample letters for Essential Employees, Service Providers or Suppliers to carry with them to identify them as providing essential services. The templates can be modified as needed for our local government.