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GAWP has been contacted by many of our members for current and credible information about the potential risks of

the Ebola virus to our workers and the public. We have reached out to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 

and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and are forwarding information as it becomes available.

 

While we are advised by the CDC that Ebola is not a waterborne virus and cannot be transmitted by the sewer system,

all personnel should exercise care and apply safe practices. We are reminded that many of our people work in a

dangerous environment, and caution should always be the rule when working in an environment such as a collection

system, a treatment facility, or a laboratory.

As CDC is the lead federal agency for Ebola containment and prevention, the best ongoing resource for information 

is www.cdc.gov/ebola.

 

For additional information on Ebola, particularly as to how it relates to water treatment, please visit the links below.

Please check back frequently as we will add information to this page as it becomes available.

 

CDC:

General Ebola information:  http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/ 

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Workplace Safety & Health Topics related to Ebola:  http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ebola/

Interim Guidance for Managers and Workers Handling Untreated Sewage from Individuals with Ebola in the United States:  http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/prevention/handling-sewage.html

Information on the Survivability of the Ebola Virus in Medical Waste: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/survivability-ebola-medical-waste.html

What you really need to know about Ebola:  Video and Slides  http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/resources/videos.html

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Interim Guidance for Managers and Workers Handling Untreated Sewage from Suspected or Confirmed Individuals with Ebola in the U.S:  http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/prevention/faq-untreated-sewage.html

  

 

WEF:

Ebola notifications posted by WEF:  http://www.wef.org/ebolainformation/

Webcast recording and presentation handouts for November 4 webinar:  Wastewater Worker Safety – Addressing Concerns on Ebola in Wastewater  http://www.wef.org/EbolaWastewaterConcerns/

 

AWWA:

Ebola prompts questions to utilities:  http://www.awwa.org/home/awwa-news-details/articleid/3001/ebola-prompts-questions-to-utilities.aspx

CDC preparing Ebola guidance for wastewater personnel:  http://www.awwa.org/home/awwa-news-details/articleid/3005/cdc-preparing-ebola-guidance-for-wastewater-personnel.aspx

Webcast presentation slides from November 6 webinar:  Preparing for Ebola in the Water Sector   http://www.awwa.org/portals/0/files/education/webcast/ebolahandouts.pdf   For additional information about webcast:  http://www.awwa.org/resources-tools/water-knowledge/emergency-preparedness.aspx

 

OSHA:

OSHA's Fact Sheet, Cleaning and Decontamination of Ebola on Surfaces (PDF*), provides guidance on protecting workers in non-healthcare/non-laboratory settings from exposure to Ebola virus, and from harmful levels of chemicals used for cleaning and disinfection.  https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA_FS-3756.pdf

 

Other:

Treatment Plant Operator Magazine:  Can Ebola survive in wastewater? http://www.tpomag.com/online_exclusives/2014/10/ebola_information_released_for_water_and_wastewater_utilities#.VD0Zixp9EsE.wordpress

Think at the Sink (Blog, dedicated to water conservation education, by the Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department:  Ebola Information Released for Water and Wastewater Utilities | TPO – Treatment Plant Operator Magazine  http://thinkatthesink.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/ebola-information-released-for-water-and-wastewater-utilities-tpo-treatment-plant-operator-magazine/