Lessons learned from the COVID-19 virus pandemic: implications on operation and management of utilities

Invited speaker: Rasha Maal-Bared, PhD

The supply of uninterrupted, high quality services during pandemics is a challenge for utilities given the unknowns surrounding the survival, transmission and control of emerging pathogens in water systems. Using the COVID-19 pandemic as a case study, this presentation will highlight how utilities used guidances and emerging literature on SARS-CoV-2 to protect public and occupational health and their role in wastewater-based epidemiology efforts. The presentation will conclude with a series of general recommendations and take-home messages that can be applied during any emerging pathogen outbreak to guide water professional decision making and utility management.

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