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Wastewater (sewage) and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for the water industry and plumbers

There are several resources available to the water industry workers on COVID-19 and water and sanitation (see below). The key message for personnel working with wastewater systems is that ‘best practice’ hygiene measures are sufficient to manage possible exposure to COVID-19 in wastewater or sewage.

This includes the use of PPE (gloves plus face shields or safety goggles and masks), and handwashing before eating food and after work. These practises minimise the risk of exposure to all pathogens in wastewater. No additional measures are currently recommended in regard to COVID-19.

Resources available to the water industry, which are frequently updated, include:

For updates on the coronavirus situation in Queensland, including advice about reducing the spread of the infection, water agencies are advised to check the Queensland Health coronavirus website.

Last updated: 29 June 2020