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What treatment professionals need to know about the coronavirus and the water cycle

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By Nicole McLellan, David Pernitsky, Arthur Umble and Joseph Jacangelo

With the sudden development of the COVID-19 pandemic, utilities are looking for resources to deal with some of the relevant issues related to water and wastewater treatment. This article from Stantec provides a summary of COVID-19 information for water and wastewater professionals.

Read the full article in ES&E Magazine’s April/May 2020 issue below. Scroll down for a list of references cited in this article.

References
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