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Coronavirus Outbreak Response

This page offers members the most recent information on the Section's response to the Coronavirus outbreak and the latest updates that impact our members.

 

last updated Tue, July 14 4:28 pm

Mask Up!

Per Executive Order 2020-147, Michiganders are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces.


Michigan is now in Phase 4 and will likely be moving to Phase 5 soon as occurence of the virus continues to decline.

There remain limits on gatherings per Executive Order and water professionals are encouraged to continue working using safe practices outlined by the CDC and others.

MI-AWWA Volunteers

Thank you for continuing to do the work of the Section. Please contact staff for assistance in reserving a teleconference line, GoToMeeting, or Zoom.

2020 Section Events

See the Events Calendar for details on current offered trainings. At its summer Board Meeting, the MI-AWWA Board place a moratorium on all in-person events held in a location that is in Phase 4 or lower except those expressly authorized by the Board. Volunteers are asked to conduct all volunteer meetings via teleconference or video conference as indicated above. Further, all in-person events must follow the MSAE Safe Meetings in Michigan protocols as outlined below.

  • Have a waiver of liability included in registration
  • Obtain consent for medical treatment
  • Modify registration process so that it is non-contact or low-contact
  • Communicate to participants prior to arrival the behaviors expected of them
  • Have a plan in the event of an outbreak
  • Have a designated isolation room for anyone who exhibits symptoms during the event
  • Have a plan for non-compliance or personal protest
  • Have plan for incident reporting
  • Establish with venue sanitation protocols of all room set equipment and public spaces
  • Have venue use individually packaged or plated items whenever possible
  • May need to stagger meal service to maintain 6 ft distance
  • Establish with venue traffic flow patterns to maintain 6 ft distance as much as possible
  • Consider requiring health pre-screening prior to entry
  • Incorporate 6 ft distancing into all seating, exhibits, traffic flow, and other interactions between participants
  • Require face coverings for all in door events (attendee bring and make available)
  • Make available to all participants soap and water as well as hand sanitizer

To seek approval for an in-person event, please email Bonnifer Ballard.

Coronavirus Resource Library

Check here for sample documents Michigan water supplies are using to help communicate with customers and maintain operations. Documents shared 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. Members may add a file directly or email staff to have us upload the file to the library on your behslf.

 

Resources

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

AWWA published a report on the Financial Impact of COVID-19. Download the report.

View recording of AWWA's COVID-19 Webinars and find other free resources 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

For information on the weekly calls being held by the DWEHD, visit the Community Water Supply page on the EGLE website.

The spring drinking water operator exam has been rescheduled for July 23, 2020. Contact EGLE with questions and for details. The fall exam remains on the calendar for November 4, 2020.

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.

Great Lakes Community Action Partnership - 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. Thank you to all those who have already signed up! 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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