A Couple of COVID-19 Items from SWRCB

COVID-19 Considerations for Public Water Systems

This past Monday, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Division of Drinking Water (DDW) distributed a guidance document on COVID-19.  This afternoon, the SWRCB issued a revised version of that document (SWRCB_COVID-19 Considerations_REVISEDpdf).  The only change made was to delete “(alcohol-based hand sanitizer and facemasks)” at the end of item 1.a.

Here is the SWRCB’s statement why the change was made:  “The only revision is the language mentioning options for consideration of personal protective equipment (PPE) to be non-prescriptive as to the specific PPE to be implemented.  Consider consulting your subject matter experts on health and safety, as well as federal and state guidance from health providers for specific guidance.”

Providing Drinking Water is an Essential Function

Copied below is a SWRCB message issued this afternoon clarifying that during any emergency, including the current situation with COVID-19, providing drinking water is an essential function.

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About Dan Askenaizer

Dr. Askenaizer leads WQTS’ work on regulatory compliance support for many of our water agencies clients. Dr. Askenaizer tracks water quality and treatment regulations at the Federal and State levels and provides regulatory updates to our clients. Dr. Askenaizer has strong expertise in the development of Regulatory Monitoring and Compliance Plans (RMCPs), which he has completed for a number of water agencies. He has also been working on a number of projects dealing with the development of distribution system monitoring plans and review of nitrification control strategies. Prior to joining WQTS, Dr. Askenaizer was the Water Quality Manager for the Glendale Water and Power. Under his leadership, the Water Quality Group conducted a demonstration-scale study of chlorite for nitrification control and a pilot-scale study of biological treatment for removal of nitrate. Dan has 30 years of experience working on projects dealing with regulatory, water quality and public health issues. Dan has given numerous presentations at workshops and round-tables across the country for water utilities. Dan was instrumental in developing and implementing a Mentoring Program for water staff and was involved in a Sustainable Development team.