CWEA During State-Wide Shelter-In-Place

This week, the White House released a 15-day guide to slowing the spread and advised the public not to hold meetings with 10 or more people. The CDC also released guidance that all meetings and events should be cancelled or postponed for the next eight weeks.

Based on federal guidance, all Local Sections, Committees and other CWEA groups are asked to cancel or postpone events and meetings of all sizes for the next eight weeks. The best thing to do is to follow the public health advisories and slow the spread.

Be sure to check local, city and county health departments so your Local Section can be sure it is in compliance with the latest guidance.

We know CWEA members are essential employees who must report to work to maintain the wastewater system. Here’s what we’re doing right now: we’ve gathered advisories on the CWEA news website; we are working on a webinar with expert speakers who will share the latest info; and we encourage you to reach out to your CWEA network and ask fellow wastewater pros how they are handling this emergency.

CWEA staff is working from home

Since CWEA is headquartered in Oakland, the Bay Area shelter-in-place instruction has triggered the closure of our main office until further notice. We are implementing contingency plans to ensure as many CWEA services as possible continue functioning.

CWEA staff is working from home until the shelter-in-place notice is lifted. We are working hard to respond to all inquiries with as much detail as we currently have available. The current situation is very fluid. Please bear with us as we adjust to this unprecedented situation.

Staff can process credit cards, membership applications/renewals, certification applications, job board postings, and more, that are received electronically. We do not currently have access to Post Office, FedEx, or any other delivered mail.

A few things to know about contacting staff:

  • E-mail is the best way to reach all staff members. A list of emails is on CWEA.org

Additional updates

AC20 is now scheduled for Oct 27-30 in Reno. We’re going to need to get creative in the way we handle CWEA’s business meeting, Board election, awards ceremony and other programs.

The MER Committee is working on ways to distribute and honor the 2020 award winners, normally presented at the Annual Conference. We expect to announce the winners soon and are working on creative ways to honor those incredible people and agencies, while still maintaining our social distance.

The Technical Certification Program staff learned on March 17th PearsonVUE has suspended all computer-based testing and closed all testing centers for 30 days. TCP staff is notifying everyone impacted by this decision and discussing next steps with the TCP Committee. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications electronically to ensure swift processing.

Staff and committees are working hard to develop webinars to keep members informed and do the best we can through this challenging situation. It’s time to get creative to keep the CWEA network together, help each other through this and continue providing important training and knowledge sharing.¬†

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