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
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.
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
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/
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'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
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/