As we continue to monitor the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are taking steps to help protect the health and well-being of our customers and employees. Click any of the resources below to learn more about our industry during this time.
We are here for you during this critical time!
- We are OPEN during regular business hours AND for emergency calls after hours.
- We will continue to provide scheduled sampling and other water and wastewater services.
- We are available by phone for any engineering questions or concerns.
- We will continue to provide equipment solutions.
We will do everything we can to help you get through this time and keep your business up and running!
MWRA Industrial Permit during Covid-19 Pandemic
In response to Covid-19, the MWRA is adjusting its submittal procedure for all industrial wastewater permit reports and logs.
Additionally, an email was sent from TRACPermits@mwra.com to all industrial wastewater permit holders on March 20th regarding the MWRA’s response to Covid-19.
Practical Applications will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation and its impact on the health and well-being of our customers and employees. Please check back for updates.
WASTEWATER OPERATORS LICENSE RENEWAL EXTENSION
License Renewal Extension available for Wastewater Operators
At the end of March, Governor Baker issued the Licensing Orders for the state of Massachusetts. These pair of orders allow specific licenses to be extended or granted due to the circumstances revolving around Covid-19 and the extension of the stay at home order. Wastewater Operator Licenses are one of the many addressed in these orders. “Those operators who have renewed their licenses are valid until December 31, 2021. Those who did not renew prior to the order expired on December 31, 2019. However, all licensees with expired licenses have been given an extension to renew.” Learn more information about the license renewal extension from Mass.Gov.
If you have did not renew your license at the end of 2019, but would like to, you have the opportunity to do so now. Any hours that you acquired in 2018 or 2019 will be accepted for renewing your license, as well as any hours you have received in 2020. If you do not have training contact hours yet, you can earn up to 24 TCH by attending our upcoming Live Online Wastewater Operator Exam Prep Class. You can learn more about our class and register on our Wastewater Operator Training page.
How to Safely Reopen After a Prolonged Shutdown
As your facilities slowly begin to reopen, we want to make you aware of the reopening recommendations from the EPA, MassDEP, and the CDC.
Some of your buildings and facilities had little or no water running through the pipes and fixtures for an extended period of time. These stagnant water conditions can result in discolored water, lower chlorine levels, higher concentrations of lead and copper, and even the growth of Legionella. Below are some helpful resources to help you and your company navigate your reopening safely:
- CDC Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown
- CDC Guide to Implementing Program to Reduce Legionella
- MassDEP Addressing Stagnant Water in Buildings
- EPA Maintaining or Restoring Water Quality in Buildings
Please don’t hesitate to give us a call here at Practical Applications to help ensure that you get your water operations up and running safely. (617) 423 5639