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USABlueBook COVID-19 Resource Center USABlueBook COVID-19 Resource Center
Updated July 23, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in many changes to our communities — and many challenges for water and wastewater professionals. To support you during these unprecedented times, the USABlueBook COVID-19 Resource Center features helpful links, tips and product suggestions to help you to work more safely and efficiently in the field, plant and lab.
USABlueBook COVID-19 Resource Center
External Resources
Links to COVID-19 information from trusted trade associations and government agencies
USABlueBook COVID-19 Resource Center
Operational & Safety Tips
A collection of do-it-now ideas to keep your operation running smoothly
USABlueBook COVID-19 Resource Center
Product Suggestions
Helpful products for navigating safety and operational challenges
Disclaimer: Please note that the USABlueBook COVID-19 Resource Center is based on information gathered from other sources. While we believe these sources to be reliable, USABlueBook cannot guarantee their accuracy. We encourage you to carefully evaluate the ideas presented before putting them into practice.

External Resources
Links to COVID-19 information from trusted trade associations and government agencies
Trade Associations & Organizations
Government Agencies
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Centers for Disease Control
Environmental Protection Agency
Disclaimer: Please note that the USABlueBook COVID-19 Resource Center is based on information gathered from other sources. While we believe these sources to be reliable, USABlueBook cannot guarantee their accuracy. We encourage you to carefully evaluate the ideas presented before putting them into practice.

Operational & Safety Tips
A collection of do-it-now ideas to keep your operation running smoothly
Workplace Safety
Safety Plans
Best practices and safety plans go hand-in-hand, but the new coronavirus presents new safety challenges that may not have been top of mind when your safety plan was originally drafted. Many organizations have had to make decisions on the fly in the absence of detailed plans and policies.
Tip: Download the Checklist for Developing a Workplace Job Site Safety Plan and the ESSENTIALS SafetyBook for easy-to-understand guidance on how to create and implement safe work practices based on today’s new reality.
Employee Communication
Disease prevention practices like hand washing, PPE and social distancing are important for keeping COVID-19 at bay, but they are still relatively new measures and easy to forget while people work to develop new safety habits.
Tip: Explain your COVID-19 safety policies to your team and all visitors not just one time, but on a regular basis. It’s also helpful to reinforce safety practices with environmental cues like signs, posters, labels and floor tapes.
Pre-Entry Screening
While everyone now knows to stay home when sick, many people with COVID-19 are unaware they are infected—which can give the virus a foothold among your team.
Tip: Encourage workers to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, and consider prescreening all people before they enter your facilities as part of your overall COVID-19 prevention program. The CDC’s General Business FAQ page provides screening guidelines. Also, CDC recommends consulting with an occupational health provider and state/local health officials to ensure monitoring is conducted appropriately.
Shared Tools
According to the CDC, it is possible for a person to contract COVID-19 by touching an object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes. Reduce the chance of spreading the virus by minimizing cross-contamination caused by shared tools and instruments.
Tip: Have multiples on hand, and assign specific tools and test instruments to specific team members.
Field Operations & Community Support
Stagnant Water in Buildings
Many buildings have been empty for several weeks—which means water in their plumbing and service lines is at risk for harboring dangerous bacteria and other harmful substances.
Tip: In areas where buildings have been unoccupied for more than a few weeks, flush hydrants and test for adequate levels of chlorine residual before the buildings are re-opened. The plumbing inside should also be flushed before people are allowed back in.
Sampling Station Access
Water systems are still required to perform coliform sampling per the Safe Drinking Water Act. Certain sites may be under quarantine, practicing social distancing, closed for business, or inaccessible for other reasons, making them unable to have a sample drawn.
Tip: Dedicated sampling stations allow for convenient access any time. If you have outside meter pits, you can quickly install meter-resetter sampling stations with no tapping or digging needed.
Pump Damage from Wipes
Customers are flushing large numbers of wipes and rags due to shortages of toilet paper in some areas, which is leading to pump damage.
Tip: Use a physical barrier to keep items away from your pumps, or replace already-damaged pumps with models that are designed for handling wipes.
Plant & General Operations
Ammonia & Foam Control
Social distancing measures have made it hard for team members to communicate about issues like wasting more/wasting less sludge or adjusting mixed liquor concentrations. Impacts won’t be seen for a couple weeks and will first be seen as increasing ammonia levels and foaming.
Tip: Keep an eye on levels, and be ready to use bioaugmentation products specifically for ammonia control and foam control.
Plant Toxicity
People are using disinfectant products more frequently both at businesses and at home, introducing additional disinfectants into the wastewater stream. As a result, bugs at wastewater plants are struggling.
Tip: Bioaugmentation can mitigate declining microbial populations caused by toxicity in plants.
Wastewater Influent Challenges: High or Low Flow
With many people at home due to social distancing measures, wastewater plants in residential communities are experiencing higher than normal flow—while industrial and commercial areas are experiencing much lower flows. Both of these conditions create stress for the wastewater plant.
Tip: Bioaugmentation provides relief for stressed microbial populations at the plant.
Communication
During any crisis situation, there is a risk of cellular communications becoming overloaded or disrupted.
Tip: Two-way radios ensure you can keep in communication.
Supply Chain Disruptions
The COVID-19 outbreak has created new operational challenges for manufacturers and transportation companies, sometimes leading to increased lead times and backorders for important supplies.
Tip: Do some common-sense stocking up on items you need for urgent repairs and essential testing (but please don’t hoard).
Disclaimer: Please note that the USABlueBook COVID-19 Resource Center is based on information gathered from other sources. While we believe these sources to be reliable, USABlueBook cannot guarantee their accuracy. We encourage you to carefully evaluate the ideas presented before putting them into practice.

Product Suggestions
Helpful products for navigating safety and operational challenges in the face of COVID-19
Workplace Safety
PPE & Hand Sanitizer
USABlueBook now has a variety of face masks and hand sanitizer options available. Due to high demand worldwide, inventory for these items can become depleted very quickly. If an item is temporarily out of stock or backordered, we will keep you informed as to its availability. You will not be charged until we ship the item to you.
COVID-19 Signs, Posters & Labels
Use our selection of signs, posters, labels and floor tapes to communicate about infection control strategies like hand washing, PPE and social distancing. Note: For pricing and to order from the Pandemic Solutions Catalog, please call USABlueBook at 800-548-1234 or email [email protected].
Pandemic Solutions Catalog (PDF)
Forehead Thermometers
MEDI-Scan Forehead Infrared Thermometers are specifically designed for measuring skin temperature, and make it easy to quickly check for fever when prescreening people entering your facilities. Note: CDC recommends consulting with an occupational health provider and state/local health officials to ensure monitoring is conducted appropriately.
Field Operations & Community Support
Hydrant Flushing & Testing Products
USABlueBook offers a selection of products for hydrant flushing and chlorine testing in areas where buildings have been unoccupied but will be reopening.
Flushing Products
USABlueBook Aluminum Dechlorination Diffusers
ZDe-Chlorinator Dechlorination Diffusers
Eclipse 9700 Series Portable Automatic Flushing Units
Norweco Bio-Max Dechlorination Tablets
USABlueBook Ascorbic Acid Dechlorination Tablets
USABlueBook 2-1/2" Flow Testing Diffusers
2-1/2" Nozzle Flow Tester/Diffusers
Testing Products
Hach DR300 Chlorine Pocket Colorimeters
USABlueBook DPD Reagent Dispensers
We also offer Automatic Hydrant Flushing Devices to reduce the need for staff to go out into the field.
Pump Protection
Customers are flushing large numbers of wipes and rags due to shortages of toilet paper in some areas, leading to pump damage in lift stations. Protect pumps with physical barriers like StationGuard Manual Bar Screens or FlowRake Rag Catchers or invest in a pump specifically designed for rags, such as the Goulds VTX Series Sewage Pumps.
Sampling Stations
Certain sampling sites may be under quarantine, practicing social distancing, closed for business, or inaccessible for other reasons, making them unable to have a sample drawn. USABlueBook offers a selection of Sampling Stations you can set up for dedicated use and convenient access any time.
Plant & General Operations
Log Books
With many plants running on different shifts or with reduced staff, communication about plant issues is not what it used to be—leading to inefficiencies. Our USABlueBook Treatment Plant Log Book makes it easy to convey important information to team members on the next shift.
Bioaugmentation for Ammonia & Foaming
Social distancing measures have made it hard for team members to communicate about issues like wasting more/wasting less sludge or adjusting mixed liquor concentrations. Impacts won’t be seen for a couple weeks and will first be seen as increasing ammonia levels and foaming. We offer a selection of Ammonia Control Products and Foam Control Products to help with this situation.
Bioaugmentation for High or Low Flow
Influent flow has been fluctuating with more people working from home and industrial/commercial operations either closed or running at lower capacities. For low flow, Aquafix Vitastim Low F:M Bacterial Supplement and SmartBOD can provide relief for stressed microbial populations at the plant. For high influent flow and washouts, try our PlantPRO Bio-Health Bacterial Supplement or PlantPRO Ammonia Control.
Bioaugmentation for Plant Toxicity
Bugs are struggling due to additional disinfectants being introduced into the wastewater stream. Aquafix VitaStim Rebuild and PlantPRO Bio-Health Bacterial Supplement can mitigate declining microbial populations caused by toxicity in plants.
Budget Challenges: Stretch Your Dollars
Between the loss of tax revenue and increased costs in personal protective equipment and other safety protocols, stretching your budget is more important than ever. Stretch your budget dollars with USABlueBook-brand and PlantPRO products. Take advantage of savings, variety and performance with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Supplies for Urgent Repairs
The COVID-19 outbreak has created operational challenges for manufacturers and transportation companies, sometimes leading to increased lead times and backorders for important supplies. We recommend doing some common-sense stocking up on items you need for urgent repairs and essential testing (but please don’t hoard).
Main Break Repair Supplies
Pipe Repair Clamps
Pipe Couplings
Valves
Pump Repair Parts
Chemical Feed Pump Repair Parts
Submersible & Other Pump Repair Parts
Critical Testing Supplies
Lab Testing
Tools & Instruments
Help reduce the chance of spreading the virus by minimizing cross-contamination caused by shared items by having multiple Tools and Portable Testing Instruments on hand—and assign specific tools to specific team members.
Two-Way Radios
During any crisis situation, there is a risk of cellular communications becoming overloaded or disrupted. USABlueBook offers a selection of Two-Way Radios to ensure you can keep in communication.
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