What We Know: Communicating about Recycled Water in the Age of COVID-19
2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific
Communities embrace water reuse as a proven method to ensure a safe, reliable, and locally controlled water supply, but in the age of COVID-19 new questions are being asked about public health and worker safety. We know that water reuse systems include robust disinfection processes designed to kill viruses much tougher to remove than the coronavirus, but how can we ensure that our communications about recycled water and COVID-19 are accurate and effective?
Researchers at the forefront of this issue will join us for an informative update on what we know about recycled water and COVID-19, ongoing efforts to test recycled water and build data, and the opportunities that exist for the water reuse sector to take a proactive role in environmental surveillance.
Two experts in water reuse communications will follow with guidance on communicating about recycled water in this new context, including principles of risk communication and examples of messaging. This is an essential presentation for anyone that communicates about recycled water.
- Charles P. Gerba, Ph.D., Professor of Epidemiology and Bio-Statistics, University of Arizona
- Daniel Gerrity, Ph.D., Principal Research Microbiologist, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Water Quality R&D
- Brian Pecson, Ph.D., Principal Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Mark Millan, Principal, Data Instincts
- Karen Snyder, Vice President, Katz and Associates
- Adrian Edwards, Water and Wastewater Operations Manager, City of Henderson (Moderator)