11
Sep
2020
Treatment

Legionella Bacteria Concerns Grow as Schools Reopen


21
Aug
2020
Outbreaks
by Bob G. Vincent, MPA

How Algal Blooms Can Impact Water Quality: What You Should Know

In a nutshell… The summer of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been relatively mild for blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms in the Great Lakes. But problem areas can be found in many states. This article provides an overview of the public health importance of harmful algal blooms on recreational waters and sources of treated drinking water.   Photo... Read More »

31
Jul
2020
Drinking Water
by Heather Murphy, PhD, P Eng, and Stephen A. Hubbs, PE

Coronavirus Creates New Challenges for Small and Rural Drinking Water Systems

In a nutshell… Many small U.S. community water systems were already struggling with economic, technical, and regulatory challenges before coronavirus (COVID-19) made them bigger. This article highlights how small and rural utilities are coping to stay operational during the pandemic.   The majority (97%) of the nation’s 146,000+ active public water systems are considered “small”... Read More »

10
Jul
2020
Wastewater
by Linda Golodner, and Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Flush Wisely during (and after) Coronavirus

In a nutshell… To keep household sewage flowing away from our homes for safe treatment and disposal, it is important to “flush wisely.” This article discusses why you should not flush foreign objects such as disinfectant wipes—even if advertised as safe to flush (they’re not).   Photo credit: City of Portland, OR As cases of... Read More »

05
Jun
2020
Wastewater
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Tracking the Spread of Coronavirus through Sewage

In a nutshell… Properly treated sewage is essential to public health protection. This article discusses ongoing research into the potential role of wastewater in the spread of coronavirus and how tracking the virus in sewage can help align community resources and approaches in fighting the pandemic.   Researchers all over the world who are studying... Read More »

15
May
2020
Treatment
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

New Concerns for Legionella after Coronavirus: Reopening Buildings

In a nutshell… One result of the sweeping closures of buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic is a sharp increase in stagnant water and conditions that can support Legionella growth in building water systems. This article highlights steps that CDC recommends to be taken when reopening and reoccupying buildings.   Lower photo credit: CDC/James Gathany Millions... Read More »

24
Apr
2020
Wastewater
by Heather Murphy, PhD, P Eng, and Joan B. Rose, PhD

Coronavirus: Protecting Water and Wastewater Workers

In a nutshell… Properly treated and disinfected drinking water and wastewater are essential to public health. This article highlights efforts to protect the nation’s water sector workers during the coronavirus pandemic.   While the nation struggles to keep coronavirus (COVID-19 virus) in check, safe running water is essential. Drinking water chlorination inactivates coronavirus, making it... Read More »

27
Mar
2020
Wastewater
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Can You Get Coronavirus from Wastewater or Drinking Water?

In a nutshell… Maintaining water safety and hygiene is critically important during the COVID-19 pandemic. This article discusses recent statements from public health agencies about how properly treating and disinfecting wastewater and drinking water inactivates the COVID-19 virus.   COVID-19 photo credit: CDC As the world adapts to the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, so too... Read More »