During this pandemic there is a lot of information floating around leaving you submerged between the shores of conspiracies and the CDC ( Center for Disease Control). More than ever-easy to understand facts, compassion and empowerment are needed throughout the globe. This is a human crisis that has caused disruption and requiring everyone to shift towards a new normal. Therefore, today, I will bundled up – compassion, and empowering energy and present to the current information of COVID 19 in the water.
On April 8, 2020, I am drinking more tea and less coffee. I am attempting to be more in tune to my inner productive peaceful self instead of my chaotic multitasker side -that saga continues. Nevertheless, I am in staring at my phone’s screen awaiting the COVID19: A Water’s Professional Perspective -International Water Association to start. My smartphone screen looked like this ⬇️
We all were logging in from all around the globe as water professionals and interested citizens. As a consultant and former regulatory official of public water systems I was taking many notes to share with my global clients and the concerned public connected with Africa & the African Diaspora.
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Here are my notes 🖊:
VIRUS AND DISEASE 🦠
- Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illnesses
- SARS-CoV-2 is the name of the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. (Center for Disease Control, Mayo Clinic)
DRINKING WATER 🥤💧
- Current drinking water treatment methods by cities and bottled water companies are being monitored and tested; currently no evidence of the virus has been found
- A large percentage of drinking water is sourced from groundwater; therefore risks are very low
- In the United States of America, the bottled water industry is regulated by the Food & Drug Administration and no evidence of the virus has been found to date
- Drinking water sourced from surface water must be monitored and tested and risk factors reduced
- The greater risk of surface water as drinking water are in developing countries where poorly built latrines & open defecation can lead to contamination of surface water
- Rural poor communities in developing countries are at a greater risk to potential virus exposure due to using surface water as a potable water source; in these instances WASH (sanitation) standards are needed; separation of wastewater & drinking water is key. (World Health Organization)
- Managing and treating wastewater is of higher concern for most nations and is the focus for researchers, governments and water professionals
- To date, viable virus has not been detected in wastewater from infected persons’ waste
- Occupational hazards for wastewater treatment plant workers is a priority, wearing PPE (personal protection equipment) is recommended; concern is untreated wastewater being an aerosol during treatment and inhalation occurring or contaminated surfaces and improper handwashing
COMMUNITY ACTION STEPS
- Understand where your potable water is sourced & its quality by checking out the most current Consumer Confidence Report, an annual water quality report
- Establish effective communication with your local regulatory agency
- Stay informed and collaborate for a better community
Bekkah Marshall (Bek), Eco & Water Solutions Strategist serves as a consultant and speaker on the topics of Women and Water Issues, Strategizing Water Solutions for Africa & the African Diaspora and Community Empowerment in Addressing & Creating Sustainable Eco connected Water Solutions.
Bekkah has over a decade of experience as a Certified Environmental Health Professional and Environmental Regulatory Official- Drinking Water & Domestic Wastewater. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science – Water Quality & Treatment Specialization from the University of South Florida.