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COVID-19 for Wastewater Workers

COVID-19 for Wastewater Workers  Coronavirus image
 According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the virus that causes COVID-19 has been found in untreated wastewater. While data are limited, there is no information to date that anyone has become sick with COVID-19 because of exposure to wastewater.

Standard practices associated with wastewater treatment plant operations should be sufficient to protect wastewater workers from the virus that causes COVID-19. These standard practices can include engineering and administrative controls, hygiene precautions, specific safe work practices, and personal protective equipment (PPE) normally required when handling untreated wastewater. No additional COVID-19–specific protections are recommended for workers involved in wastewater management, including those at wastewater treatment facilities.


For more information, visit CDC's website dedicated to this topic at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/sanitation-wastewater-workers.html.