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The only things that should go into the toilet are human waste and toilet paper.
Flushing wipes, paper towels and similar products down toilets will clog sewers and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cowlitz PUD will be suspending disconnects for non-payment effective immediately.
Cowlitz PUD recognizes the economic impact COVID-19 will have on our community and has made the decision to waive all late fees and suspend disconnects for non-payment until further notice. Cowlitz PUD strongly encourages customers who are or anticipate experiencing hardships to get in touch with a Customer Service Representative as soon as possible. Cowlitz PUD wants to work with you to come up with a solution that avoids large debts being accumulated after COVID-19 concludes. Criteria for their payment assistance programs has been expanded and customers experiencing immediate financial crisis should call.
The Cowlitz PUD lobby is currently closed to the public. Customer service representatives are available by phone 360.423.2210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm.
Current OSHA and CDC guidance for COVID-19 exposure during solid waste management indicates the risk is low. COVID-19 transmits by droplets and waste is consolidated.
Solid waste workers should use current required personal protective equipment (PPE) for protection.
We recommend the following steps when you handle bagged solid waste:
No evidence suggests wastewater management employees need to take additional COVID-19-specific protections. We expect current disinfection in wastewater treatment facilities are sufficient.
Wastewater treatment plant workers should follow routine practices to prevent exposure to wastewater. Wastewater workers should use standard practices including basic hygiene precautions and recommended PPE for their current work tasks when they handle untreated waste. Find those recommendations here: http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/sanitation/workers_handlingwaste.html
Follow guidance from Washington State Department of Health on What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19: http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/COVIDexposed.pdf
Workers and employers should manage waste contaminated with COVID-19 the same as they would with other regulated medical or infectious waste. Workers should follow standard practices and wear PPE required as part of their normal duties.
For additional information consult the regulated medical waste information in CDC’s guidelines for environmental infection control in healthcare facilities at: http://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/environmental/index.html