COVID-19 Resource Center

NASTT is supporting members through the disruption of COVID-19 by compiling tools and resources from associations and regulatory agencies that help keep members informed and stay safe and in business. This page will be updated by Wednesday each week. Submit your suggestions to chook@nastt.org.

UPDATED September 15, 2020. Newest items are posted on top of each section.

NASTT Reports Findings from Trenchless Industry Impact Survey 


The North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) conducted a survey to gauge the impact of COVID-19 and actions being taken to manage risk and plan for contingencies within the trenchless industry. Download NASTT_COVID-19_Trenchless_Industry_Impact_Survey_Findings_2020-06.pdf   for a report of key take-aways and to see how revenues, products and services, business continuity have been affected by the pandemic. See what next steps organizations are taking as they transition to on-site work. (Posted 7/8/20)

Gas & Energy

Gas Utility Residential Satisfaction at All-Time High Despite Pandemic, J.D. Power Finds (Source: J.D. Power)
In the face of natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic, gas utility companies and their workers function as perceived first responders and helpers, contributing to higher customer satisfaction, according to the survey. (Posted 9/15/20)

Onshore Oil & Gas Pipeline Market Poised to Grow (Source: BusinessWire/Technavio)
The rising global energy demand will offer immense growth opportunities according to Technavio's recent report. (Posted 7/1/20)

Utilities Making a Difference
 (Source: American Gas Association)
Natural gas utilities large and small have made extraordinary efforts to lend a hand in their local communities, support the vital role of health care workers and protect the vulnerable.  (Posted 6/16/20)

PHMSA Guidance on Enforcement  (Source: American Gas Association)
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a statement to gas and hazardous pipeline, underground natural gas storage and liquefied natural gas facility operators and PHMSA state partners regarding regulatory requirements and resource constraints. Posted 4/14/20.
 
COVID-19 Mitigations for Offshore Energy Operations (Source: API)
The Offshore Operations Committee issued a revised and updated document on COVID-19 Mitigations for Offshore Energy Operations. Posted 4/14/20.


Construction, Infrastructure

Significant Construction Project Delays and Cancellations Due to COVID, New Survey Finds (Source: AGC News)
The coronavirus has harmed the construction industry, prompting project delays and cancellations, layoffs and furloughs, yet it remains difficult for a majority of firms to find craft workers to hire, according to the results of a workforce survey. (Posted 9/15/20)

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Transportation Engineering (Source: ASCE)
The authors of this ASCE editorial believe that transportation engineering has a role in mitigating the negative effects of the current pandemic and future disruptive events. (Posted 7/29/20)

Senate Republicans’ Coronavirus Relief Measure Includes Provisions That Will Help Hard-hit Construction Firms Recover
(Source: AGC)
Among the most promising of these provisions, according to AGC's CEO, are liability reforms so construction firms that are protecting workers from the coronavirus will not be subjected to needless litigation.  (Posted 7/29/20)

The Role of Construction Technology in COVID-19 Recovery (Source: Fails Management Institute)
COVID-19 may have done more to propel the industry forward technology-wise than the massive influx of venture capital has over the last five years. What's next? (Posted 7/29/20)

What's Next for Construction & Contech after COVID-19? (Source: Forbes)
"The disruption brought by Covid-19 might just pave the way for a faster uptake of tech in the [construction] space." (Posted 7/1/20)


Safety & Readiness in Construction (Source: Occupational Health & Safety)
Jeremy Tucker, the Director of Operational Services at Bernhard, discusses S.A.F.E. work goals in the construction industry—especially during a pandemic. (Posted 7/1/20)

What Is Your Company’s Post-COVID-19 Liquidity Strategy? (Source: Fails Management Institute)
This article highlights key cash-flow management strategies for engineering and construction executives to consider in order to survive and thrive in the post-COVID-19 reality. (Posted 6/16/20)

Construction Spending Shrinks 2.9 Percent in April (Source: AGC)
Construction spending plunged in April as governmental agencies and project owners shut down ongoing work and canceled projects that were about to break ground. This is on top of news that construction employment declined in 49 states. (Posted 6/3/20)

OSHA Issues COVID-19 Return-to-Work Guidance for Construction, Manufacturing Industries & More
(Source: OHS Online)
Businesses in retail, construction, manufacturing and package delivery should review recently issued industry-specific guidance from Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) as shelter-at-home orders expire and employees return to work. (Posted 5/6/20)

Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) Recommendations: COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan for Construction (Source NUCA)
The CISC plan describes how to prevent worker exposure to coronavirus, protective measures to be taken on the job site, PPE and other workplace practice controls, what to do if a worker becomes sick and more. English | Spanish (Posted 5/6/20)

The Law: Construction Industry Impacts in the COVID-19 World
(Source: ASCE News)
Restrictions are impacting construction jobsites throughout the world. Modern construction contracts commonly contain provisions addressing the risks of delays resulting from a force majeure. The legal landscape is changing daily. Posted 4/22/20.

How Likely is Infrastructure Spending Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak? (Source: Municipal Sewer & Water)

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have voiced support for more infrastructure spending as a part of the next COVID-19 relief bill -- a $2 trillion plan to rebuild infrastructure as Phase 4 of the nation’s coronavirus relief plan. Posted 4/14/20.

Guidance on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response (Source: CISA)
The CyberSecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has developed, in collaboration with other federal agencies, State and local governments, and the private sector, an “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list to help  officials protect their communities, ensure continuity of functions critical to public health and safety and economic and national security. Posted 4/14/20.

Public Safety Canada Designates Critical Infrastructure Workers Essential (Source: Public Safety Canada)
Public Safety Canada  developed a set of functions deemed essential in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic to help provinces/territories, Indigenous communities, and municipalities protect their communities while maintaining the reliable operation of critical infrastructure services and functions. Posted 4/14/20. 



Plumbing

COVID-19 Measures: IAPMO Codes and Standards (Source: Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine)
Standards and codes provide the necessary requirements for products to function safely and as intended. Posted 9/15/20

COVID-19 Collateral Damage: Our Drinking Water (Source: Purdue)
In addition to COVID-19, Purdue researchers are concerned about Legionella pneumophila, non-tuberculous mycobacteria, and other amoeba and bacteria; co-infections between L. pneumophila residing in pipes. (Posted 7/27/20)

Guidelines to Protect Workers in Plumbing and HVAC Systems (Source: International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials)
All plumbers and HVAC service technicians working on these systems are strongly recommended to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including a full face shield worn over safety goggles, impermeable gloves, and protective clothing…. Assume that everything inside that system is contagious. Posted 4/14/20.

Implications for Plumbing Industry (Source: IAPMO)
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials have published a white paper outlining the implications of the COVID-19 virus for those who work in the plumbing industry and what steps can plumbers take to stay safe. Posted 4/8/20.



Re-Opening & Re-Entry

Fresh Air & Daylight - The Importance of Healthy Buildings in a Pandemic (Source: Engineering News Record)
Before we can go back to work, each building owner and operations team is going to have to consider what wellness integrations need to be put in place before tenants can return. (Posted 9/15/20)

The Water Sector's New Normal (Source: Water Environment Technology)
Now that many institutions are re-opening, the sector is facing the question of how to return to the new normal, and what changes to keep after the pandemic ends. (Posted 9/15/20)

What will Shifting Commuting Patterns Mean? (Source: Stantec)
In conclusion: traffic is complex. Infrastructure is critical. (Posted 7/10/20)

New Survey Highlights Increased Work Zone Dangers (Source: AGC)
More people back to work + more road trippers (because of corona) driving through work zone =  greater work zone safety.  (Posted 7/1/20)

ACEC Guide to Returning to the Office and the Job Site
(Source: American Council of Engineering Companies)
The purpose of this resource is to help firms respond to this challenge safely while managing legal risk.  (Posted 7/1/20)


COVID-19 Impacts on Geoscience Academic Departments and Plans for Fall 2020 (Source: American Geosciences  Institute)
This data brief provides insights from early study responses about the impacts from COVID-19 on geoscience academic departmental operations, specifically budgets, personnel, and plans for the Fall 2020 term. (Posted 6/16/20)

Show Customers How to Flush Lines and Reopen Buildings Safely (Source: Municipal Sewer & Water)

Madison (Wisconsin) Water Utility shared this guide put together by Public Health Madison & Dane County that aims to help businesses and other buildings flush their water pipes and reopen safely.They also point to a great video on flushing pipes created by Louisville (Kentucky) Water Co.  (Posted 6/16/20)

Jump-starting E&C Projects After COVID-19 - What You Need to Know (Source: Fails Management Institute)
The firms that plan out a proactive restart strategy for all their projects will be the most successful in achieving superior performance results and mitigating impacts from the pandemic. (Posted 6/16/20)


Feeling Uncomfortable with Reentry? You're on the Right Track
(Source: Harvard Business Review)
If leaders want to use this moment to do more than return worried, distracted employees to old jobs they once knew, there is much to be learned from the scientific study of how the brain responds to uncertainty. To beat anxiety, the scientific evidence tells us to pay attention to what we instinctively want to do and then actively consider its opposite. Posted 6/11/20

Disaster preparedness in the midst of COVID-19 (Source: Stantec)
Stantec offers strategies to consider for strengthening community resilience against the compounding threats we are faced with: identification of new or retrofitting shelter sites, preparing for virtual operations, reviewing existing disaster response protocols, mutual aid agreements, supplier contracts, and preparing for a quick and successful return of people to their homes. Posted 5/22/20


Trenchless Industry Leadership / Overall Impact

United for Infrastructure to Rebuild Better (Source: Stantec)
Stantec experts took a hard look at the impacts of COVID-19 and how the industry can adapt, plan for the future and build more resilient communities. (Posted 9/15/20)

Utility & Communications Construction Update (Source: FMI)
Dan Shumate,  managing director with FMI Capital Advisors reports, “With all of the current challenges, we do expect underground contractors to remain relatively busy throughout this time. Most of the work for 2020 is already contracted and much of it is for regulated improvements of existing infrastructure.” (Posted 5/6/20)

Strategies for Developing a Safe Return-to-work Plan Following the Pandemic (Source: Stantec)
The transition back to the office can be one of success by adapting and customizing these guidelines. (Posted 5/6/20)

Underground Construction and Related Industries Respond to Coronavirus (Source: UC Online)
NASTT joined 3,000 other organizations to urge Congress and the Trump Administration to provide emergency aid for associations in critical need of support. Underground Construction reports on how the underground construction industry is responding. Posted 4/22/20.

How Business Leaders in Trenchless Industries Can Respond to COVID-19
(Source: PwC)
In its report on COVID-19 What US Business Leaders Should Know, PwC provides general guidance and discusses issues and steps to consider in response to COVID-19 for engineering and construction, power and utility, energy, utilities and mining, industrial manufacturing companies and more covering: crisis management and response, workforce, operations and supply chain, financial reporting, and tax and trade. Posted 4/22/20.


Will COVID-19 Impact the Trenchless Technology Sector? 
(Opinion. Source: Trenchlesspedia)

Trenchless technology sectors dealing with utility installation and trenchless rehabilitation may experience delays in their current and upcoming projects due disruption in the supply chain, material procurement delays and layoffs. Posted 4/14/20.

Regulations, Tax, Government, Licensure

OSHA Guidance for Control and Prevention (Source: OSHA)
OSHA has developed this interim guidance to help prevent worker exposure to SARS-CoV-2 for multiple industries. (Posted 7/29/20)
  + Solid Waste & Wastewater Management Workers 
  + Manufacturing Workers
  + In-Home Repair Services
  + Oil & Gas Industry Workers
  + Manufacturing

PE Licensure: Testing Cancellations & Updates (Source: NCEES)
The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) reports that the the format of the October 2020 exam administration will be modified. In addition, Pearson VUE is opening several temporary test centers throughout the country to address backlogged testing demand. Examinees are encouraged to confirm specific requirements for their testing location in advance of their appointment. (Posted 5/22/20)

PE Licensure: States Issue Continuing Education Waivers (Source: NSPE)
The following states have issued waivers for continuing education licensing requirements: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. The National Society of Professional Engineers is providing a state-by-state summary of continuing education requirements for Professional Engineers(Posted 5/22/20)

EEOC Updates Guidance on COVID-19 and Compliance with Antidiscrimination Laws
(Source: Workforce Bulletin)
On April 9, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its latest guidance for employers on how to ensure compliance with their obligations under federal antidiscrimination laws during the COVID-19 pandemic. Posted 4/22/20.

SBA Publishes New PPP Guidance for the Self-employed and General Partners (Source: Journal of Accountancy)
The U.S. Small Business Administration issued a new interim final rule Tuesday that supplements the guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) providing specific information on calculating the maximum loan amount for individuals with self-employment income who file a Form 1040, Schedule C. Posted 4/22/20.

Treasury Provides FAQs on Paycheck Protection Program (Source: US Treasury) 
The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, intends to provide timely additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This document will be updated on a regular basis by the US Treasury. Posted 4/14/20.

Tax Help for Taxpayers, Businesses, Tax-exempt Organizations and Others (Source: Internal Revenue Service)
Official IRS information about the COVID-19 pandemic and economic impact paymentsThe page is updated quickly when new information is availablePosted 4/14/20.

USDOT Declaration on Commercial Vehicle Drivers Transporting Emergency Relief (Source: USDOT)
The USDOT issued an expanded national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide #COVID19 outbreak. Posted 4/8/20.


Water, Wastewater, Water Utilities

Survey on Impact of COVID-19 on Rural and Tribal Water and Wastewater Systems (Source: Rural Community Assistance Partnership)
The RCAP Network surveyed the rural and tribal water and wastewater systems it serves to understand the financial impact of COVID-19. (Posted 9/15/20)

Analyzing Wastewater to Track the Corona Virus - Video (Source: DW News)
Water is life. But there's evidence coronavirus could survive in it for days. What role does water play in the fight against the pandemic? (Posted 9/15/20)

New Financial Impact Tool to Help Water Utilities Released by EPA (Source: EPA)
The Water Utility COVID-19 Financial Impact Tool
can help drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater (“water”) utilities assess the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the utility’s cashflow. (Posted 7/29/20)

How Will COVID-19 Affect Your Insurance? (Source: Municipal Sewer & Water)
Explore how the coronavirus will cause your current insurance policies to react to various issues, including current and future loss of business income, workers’ compensation, liability and insurance pricing. (Posted 6/16/20)

COVID-19 Strategies: Mitigating Pipe Failure Risk During Revenue Uncertainty (Source: Water Finance & Management)
University studies highlight the growing uncertainty of the performance of underground infrastructure and the many variables of installation, soil and climate, material and diameter. What can be done? (Posted 6/3/20)

What Happens When COVID-19 Enters Wastewater?
(Source: Michigan Tech)
COVID-19, is not eliminated in the human gastrointestinal tract. So, when a person infected with the virus —has a bowel movement, the live virus enters the wastewater stream. Researchers at Michigan Technological University want to track the virus. (Posted 6/3/20)

Blue-Ribbon Panel to Evaluate Hazards to Wastewater Workers During Pandemic
(Source: Municipal Sewer & Water)
To ensure the protection of wastewater workers during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond, the Water Environment Federation is convening a blue-ribbon panel of experts to evaluate information on biological hazards and safety precautions. (Posted 5/6/20)

Reduction in U.S. Water Utility Revenue May Result in $32.7 Billion Economic Hit  (Source: AMWA)
AMWA collaborated with AWWA and Raftelis to produce The Financial Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on U.S. Drinking Water Utilities, which projected COVID-19 could cause a $14 billion drop in water revenue and lead to $32.7 billion in economic losses.  (Posted 5/6/20)

Continuity Through the Coronavirus and Beyond: Managing Water and Wastewater Utility Risks During COVID-19 (Source: Xylem)
This whitepaper focuses on providing greater visibility, continuity and resilience to critical water and wastewater utility systems. (Posted 5/6/20)

Purdue University Research: Considerations for Large Building Water Quality after Extended Stagnation
(Source: Purdue University)
COVID-19  has caused widespread building shutdowns and emergency restoration of water to previously closed medical facilities and homes. Serious building drinking water safety risks exist. The U.S. National Science Foundation funded Purdue University researchers to address this serious public health concern. Posted 4/22/20.


The Water Professional's Guide to COVID-19 
(Source: Water Environment Federation)

It is important that water sector professionals keep informed on the attributions of this virus and any measures needed to protect both workers and public health. Posted 4/14/20.

UA Study Looks at Survival of Coronaviruses in Water and Wastewater (Source: The University of Arizona)
The UA study offers helpful information, demonstrating that transmission of coronaviruses tend to be limited in the aqueous environment due to the fact that they are rapidly inactivated in water and wastewater at ambient temperatures. Posted 4/14/20.

Continuity of Operations for Water Utilities (Source: WEF)
The Water Environment Federation released a podcast on March 23 on Continuity of Operations During the Coronavirus Pandemic to assist water utilities as critical and essential services. Posted 4/8/20.

Initial Impact on Water Utilities (Source: AWWA)
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) surveyed water utilities and other sector organizations March 10-16 to gauge the initial impacts of COVID-19 and actions being taken to manage risk and plan for contingencies. Posted 4/8/20.

Clean Water Act Regulatory Issues in a Pandemic (Source: WEF)
The Water Environment Federation podcast provides reminders about regulatory issues under the Clean Water Act as utilities work to maintain compliance. Posted 4/8/20.

Recommendations for Contractors and Individuals in Wastewater Sewer Work (Source: NASSCO)
The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) outlined recommended measures for all contractors and individuals involved in wastewater sewer work. Posted 4/8/20.