31
Jul
2020
Drinking Water

Coronavirus Creates New Challenges for Small and Rural Drinking Water Systems


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 »

28
Feb
2020
Treatment
by Stephen A. Hubbs, PE

Flush with Success: Water Mains and Fire Hydrants

In a nutshell… Virtually all U.S. public water suppliers flush their distribution systems from time to time by opening “blow off” valves and fire hydrants. Regular flushing of water mains improves water quality and increases the reliability of their treated drinking water. You can do this in your home, too!   Perhaps you’ve seen and... Read More »

07
Feb
2020
Treatment
by Water Quality & Health Council

In the Balance: Drinking Water Chlorination and Disinfection Byproducts

In a nutshell… Drinking water chlorination requires balancing well-known risks of waterborne disease with potential long-term risks of exposure to disinfection byproducts (DBPs). This article highlights how the spread of misleading communications about DBP research can weaken public support for drinking water chlorination.   We’ve written extensively about drinking water chlorination, ranging from its remarkable... Read More »