MWUA COVID-19 Response
Maine Water Utilities Association Staff and the Board of Directors are taking sensible action during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the health and safety of you and your families. As the situation around the virus changes every day, we are continually staying informed and analyzing the next best course of action to take. It is our obligation to keep you as water and wastewater professionals notified with the latest news on how the virus is impacting our industry and our state.
If at any point you need assistance throughout this ongoing situation, please do not hesitate to reach out. We will do everything we can to help your utility get through these tough times.
Below you will find important documents/resources concerning our industry and the State of Maine dealing with COVID-19. We will continue providing you with the most up to date information.
COVID-19 Articles & Public Information
Access Letter for Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many communities are under stay-at-home orders. While this is for the best for the community, it may make work-related travel and access challenging for essential employees. The Maine CDC Drinking Water Program has created an Access Letter for essential critical infrastructure workers within the Water Sector to carry with them to help facilitate passage to their intended destination. This letter is based on the Guidance Memo issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Orders issued by the Governor of Maine on March 18th and March 24th, 2020.
If you are an essential critical infrastructure worker within the Water Sector, please print and keep a copy of this Access Letter, as well as corporate and photo identification, on you at all times in order to facilitate continuity of operations.
Potential Staffing Shortages
With the continuation of the COVID-19 situation, Public Water Systems may experience staffing shortages. The DWP has the following suggestions for troubleshooting potential employee shortages:
- – With the continuation of the COVID-19 situation, Public Water Systems may experience staffing shortages. The DWP has the following suggestions for troubleshooting potential employee shortages:
- – Contact local resources including former employees or others who may be able to run your plant or operate other assets during an emergency;
- – Connect with other superintendents who run the same or a similar plant to discuss mutual aid options;
- – Contact your plant designer or engineer for potential support by phone if your plant needs to be run by an operator who is not familiar with it;
- – Reach out to trade schools and/or training programs to tap the student workforce.