Tag: COVID-19

Utah Scientists Using Sewage to Track Coronavirus

Utah Scientists Using Sewage to Track Coronavirus

In April, a pilot program was launched to determine whether monitoring sewage for coronavirus could provide a useful tool for public health officials for early detection of rising infections, monitoring overall community infection trends, and confirmation of low infection rates.

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SARS-CoV-2 Sewage Monitoring

COVID-19 information For information regarding COVID-19 guidance and cases, see the Utah Department of Health COVID-19 information page. LEARN MORE SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19, hereafter referred to as the virus) is shed in feces by infected individuals. Virus concentrations in sewage can be measured by collecting a sample at the inlet of sewage …

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UTWARN Supports Rural Utah During COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic response, drinking water and wastewater system operators have been on-duty providing vital services to homes, citizens and businesses across Utah. The Utah Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (UTWARN) was set up to quickly respond to events like the coronavirus and ensure seamless operation of water infrastructure.

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Impacts on Air Quality During COVID-19

Impacts on Air Quality During COVID-19

What impact did fewer cars on the road due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, teleworking and social distancing have on Utah air quality? Logan Mitchell, a researcher at the University of Utah, took a look at the data from DEQ’s monitors to find out.

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Coronavirus Response Resources for Utah’s Drinking Water System Owners and Operators

Utah Division of Drinking Water Water System COVID-19 Readiness Actions (101 KB) COVID-19 Response and Water Treatment Plant Staffing FAQs (385 KB) Cross Connection Control – COVID-19 Guidance (106 KB) Water System Certified Essential Employee Template (17 KB) WebMap of Drinking Water Labs in Utah State of Utah Coronavirus.utah.gov Other Resources American Water Works Association …

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Water Quality: Only Flush Toilet Paper

Water Quality: Only Flush Toilet Paper

The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in residents flushing other paper products down the toilet. This has caused an increase in backed-up toilets and overflowing sewer lines in Utah and across the country. Even wipes marketed as “flushable” will clog pipes.

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5 Tips To Better Teleworking

5 Tips To Better Teleworking

As promoters of clean air and reduced emissions, DEQ’s Division of Air Quality has learned a few things about working from home. We didn’t expect to be sharing these tips during a pandemic. Nonetheless, here are some tips on how to make the most of teleworking in the coming weeks.

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Operations During COVID-19

Operations During COVID-19

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and encourage the practice of social distancing to help “flatten the curve,” the scientists, engineers and staff of Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality are mostly working remotely. During this time, the department will conduct business as usual.

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COVID-19: Your Drinking Water is Safe

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality wants residents to know that their public water supply is safe. In the case of quarantine or outbreak related to the coronavirus, public drinking water systems are designed to continuously deliver safe drinking water to your tap. 

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