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IDEM COVID-19 Actions

In order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, IDEM encourages members of the public to only visit its offices as necessary. Remote or virtual meetings with IDEM staff and submissions to the agency via electronic transmission, where permitted, are strongly encouraged. To ensure someone is available to assist you, you may make an appointment before your visit by contacting the office directly. Visitors to IDEM offices will be asked to comply with social distancing recommendations and masks are required.

IDEM has not relaxed any policies nor has the agency issued any broad based waivers from meeting stringent regulatory requirements. The guard rails that protect Hoosiers and the environment are very much in place, and IDEM continues its responsibility to protect human health and the environment.

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Business closures and restrictions on large gatherings due to the COVID-19 outbreak have impacted the usual ways that IDEM and regulated entities provide notice to the public. For example, libraries are closed and many newspapers have altered their delivery practices. IDEM encourages interested parties to visit our Public Notices page for the latest information on proposed and final agency actions and to sign up to receive email or text alerts when new public notices are posted for your region.

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  • Drinking Water Certified Operator License Expiration Date:
    • Due to the COVID-19 situation, IDEM is extending the deadline found in 327 IAC 8-12-7(e)(3)(B) to renew a drinking water certified operator license for those operators whose licenses are due to expire on June 30, 2020. In accordance with Executive Order 20-05, Section 13(A), the deadline for renewal shall be extended by 60 days. The new deadline to renew the applicable certified operator’s license is August 30, 2020. Additional information, including webinars and links to the professional associations for training opportunities to obtain the required credits to renew drinking water certified operator license, is available on the IDEM Water Quality in Indiana: Drinking Water page.
  • Guidance for Flushing Water Systems [PDF]
  • Drinking Water & Wastewater Compliance:
    • To date, no findings indicate the current pandemic concern is waterborne. There are several options/contingencies water utilities may explore, and we encourage utilities (if they have not already) to build these into their emergency response plans:
      • Hire additional operators. This is not always economically feasible, but redundancy is as important in staffing as it is in critical equipment.
      • Whether through INWARN or individually, utilities may enter into mutual aid agreements with neighboring utilities to “share” appropriately certified operators in times of illness, disaster, crisis, etc.
      • Implement personal protection protocols to reduce individual workers’ exposure to each other.
      • Review/Create a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for your utility or facility.
        • If you have any questions about emergency response or continuity of operation planning, please contact your IDEM field inspector.
      • If you are a certified drinking water lab and are experiencing lab capacity issues, please contact IDEM and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).
      • All Public Water Systems will need to continue monitoring for regulated contaminants. Public Water Systems can view their monitoring schedules on IDEM’s Drinking Water Watch site.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact IDEM: (800) 451-6027 or info@idem.IN.gov.

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