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Considerations for Water and Wastewater Treatment related to COVID-19

February 21, 2020

Current View

Common disinfection methods for water and wastewater treatment are expected to be effective for inactivation of coronaviruses when executed properly

The purpose of this article is to provide water and wastewater utilities with a summary of some of the relevant issues related to coronaviruses treatment with considerations and recommendations to water and wastewater treatment practitioners with respect to coronaviruses in general.

  • Fate of coronaviruses in sewage and wastewater treatment plants
  • Fate of coronaviruses in the aquatic environment
  • Efficacy of water treatment filtration and disinfection processes for coronaviruses removal and inactivation

It is important to remember that an extensive body of literature on the effectiveness of water and wastewater treatment processes for coronaviruses is not available, and as always, site-specific water-quality and treatment-plant details may result in variation between full-scale effectiveness and research results found in the laboratory.

*This document is being continually updated to reflect new information and guidance as it emerges.*

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