The Environmental Protection Agency requires plant operators to be “very specialized” and meet strict guidelines, Griffin said.
Ohio WARN’s mission is to support and promote statewide emergency preparedness, disaster response, and mutual aid assistance for public and private water and wastewater utilities, according to its website.
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Ohio WARN has more than 40 members, including Dayton, Fairborn and New Carlisle. Members range in size from Lorain County’s village of Wellington, which has about 4,900 residents, to Cleveland and Columbus, according to the organization.
The organization is supported by the U.S. and Ohio EPA, and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.
Miamisburg has fewer than 10 licensed operators for its water and waste water plants, which were part of a $70 million system overhaul completed last year. Other WARN members have at least twice as many, if not many more, Griffin said.
“So when you have only a few of those, then you start to worry that if those people get ill, what do you do?” she said.
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Taking measures to ensure those Miamisburg plant operators are not exposed to the coronavirus is a high priority, Griffin said. So far, no employees have tested positive for COVID-19, she said.
“We’ve taken a lot of measures with our workers to protect them from getting sick,” Griffin said. “We’re doing daily disinfection and the plants and all of our facilities, all of our vehicles, and we’re also working on a split shift with our workers so we can minimize exposure.
“We’re taking measures to confine them and keep them away from people,” she added.
Miamisburg Mayor Michelle Collins said, “It’s times like this that make you think about all the backups that we need in place. You don’t want to wait until it’s too late.”
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The network says it offers members increased planning and coordination, expedited arrival of aid, reduced administrative conflict and continuity of operations, among other benefits.
AREA OHIO WARN MEMBERS
•Miami County Sanitary Engineering
•Montgomery County Water Services
SOURCE: Ohio WARN