Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Coronaviris alert for water and wastewater operators

The Pennsylvania Rural Water Association mission is to serve the water and wastewater industry across Pennsylvania. The stability of essential life services are needed now more than ever.  As we all face the challenges of the Coronavirus, this mission is at its most critical.  We urge every precaution to protect the security and operation of systems and also the health and well-being of system managers, operators, and support staff so that clean water flows without interruption.  Your association stands ready to assist you with any problem or emergency as always.  Email or Call (800) 653-7792!  We continue to coordinate with other PA agencies and gather all available resources. We are immediately trying to address the issues of operator shortages, supply chain, and the changing information coming out of Harrisburg.  Below is a list of links that you can navigate for the latest information.  We will update this page as more information becomes available.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Statistics, Information, and Prevention 
From Governor Wolf, Yellow Zone Guidance for Businesses 
From Governor Wolf, Yellow Zone Guidance for Businesses 

Show Me the Science – When & How to Use Hand Sanitizer in Community Settings
Center for Disease Control, Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives  

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Covid-19 Information
Center for Disease Control (CDC), Coronavirus (COVID-19)

John Hopkins Realtime Covid-19 Live Map
Johns Hopkins Realtime COVID-19 Statistics Global Cases by state and Nation 

PA Dept of Health Live Updates
Pennsylvania Department of Health, PAcast, Live Updates  

President Donald J. Trump Approves Pennsylvania Disaster Declaration 
President Trump Declares Pennsylvania in a State of Emergency 

Covid vs. US Daily Average Cause of Death
Realtime comparative average deaths per day (watch to the end) 

Water and Wastewater Information  
Protect function and personnel by isolating work groups, zones, and times  

Become a PA WARN Member for extra help during this time! 
PaWARN: JOIN a proven emergency response system that works  

Center for Disease Control: Water Transmission and Covid-19 FAQ's
Center for Disease Control (CDC), Water Transmission and COVID-19 

Center for Disease Control: Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices
for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 
Center for Disease Control: Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices 

Environmental Protection Agency: Coronavirus and Drinking Water & Wastewater
EPA, Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater  

Environmental Protection Agency: Incident Action Checklist - Pandemic Incidents
EPA, Coronavirus and Water Utilities, Incident Action Checklist - Pandemic Incidents  

Environmental Protection Agency: Thanking Everyday Water Heroes
EPA, Thanking Everyday Water Heroes 

Environmental Protection Agency: Water Utility Checklist 
COVID-19 Planning and Response: Overview of EPA's Pandemic Incident Action Checklist for Water Utilities  

FEMA: Free Washable Cloth Masks for Water Utilities
FEMA: Free Washable Cloth Masks for Water Utilities  

Order Restricting Utility Construction Projects
PA Governor Wolf - Order Restricting Utility Construction Projects

PA DEP Operator Certification Deadline Extensions Available 
PA DEP Operator Certification Request for Cycle Extension 

PA DEP Safe Drinking Water COVID-19 Information 
PA DEP Safe Drinking Water COVID-19 Information 

PA DEP Issues New Guidance On Inspections, Permit Enforcement, Waivers Of Permit, Regulatory Provisions During COVID-19 Pandemic 
New Guidance On Inspections, Permit Enforcement, Waivers Of Permit, Regulatory Provisions During COVID-19 Pandemic  

Penn State Guidance Building Potable Water Flushing Guidance Following Periods of Temporary Shut-Down
Penn State Guidance Building Potable Water Flushing Guidance Following Periods of Temporary Shut-Down 

Resources 

AWWA Covid-19 Webinars
American Water Works Association (AWWA), COVID-19 Webinars 

NRWA Covid-19 Statement
National Rural Water Association (NRWA), COVID-19 Statement 

OSHA Covid-19 Overview
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), COVID-19

PA Warn Website
PA Warn, Here When You Need Us... (717) 774-8870 

PA AWWA Covid-19 Updates
Pennsylvania American Water Works Association (PA-AWWA) - COVID-19 News Updates  

PA DEP Accredited Laboratories
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Accredited Laboratories  

PA Department of Health: Covid-19 Guidance for Essential Businesses 
PA Department of Health: Covid-19 Guidance for Essential Businesses 

PA Department of Health: Covid-19 Overview
Pennsylvania Department of Health, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pennsylvania Overview 

PA Department of Health: Workplace Safety Question and Answer (updated) 
PA Department of Health: Workplace Safety Question and Answer 

Commonwealth of PA: Covid-19 Updates
Pennsylvania Government, Responding to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania 

DCED: A Collection of Covid-19 Resources
Pennsylvania Government, COVID-19 Resources for Businesses, Communities, and Local Governments

PA PUC: Covid-19 Disaster Emergency
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), Disaster Emergency COVID-19 

PMAA: Guidance to Municipal Authorities During Covid-19 Pandemic
Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association (PMAA), Guidance During COVID-19 

Office of Unemployment Compensation: Information for Pennsylvania Employees Impacted by Covid-19
Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation  for Employees Impacted by COVID-19  

US Department of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Poster
United States Department of Labor, Families First Coronavirus Response Act POSTER

US Department of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Questions & Answers
United States Department of Labor, Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers 

US Senator Bob Casey Coronavirus Resources for Pennsylvanians 
COVID-19 | Coronavirus Resources for Pennsylvanians  

Water Environment Federation (WEF): Water Professional Guide to Covid-19
Water Environment Federation (WEF), Water Professional Guide to COVID-19

Water Environment Federation (WEF): Current Priority: Coronavirus 
Water Environment Federation (WEF), Current Priority: Coronavirus

World Health Organization (WHO):  Covid-19 Technical Guidance 
World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 Technical Guidance 

Email or Call (800) 653-7792!

All forms, resources, and templates available here and Google Drive.

Coronaviris safety for water and wastewater operators