Today, March 23, Governor Ralph Northam provided additional guidance to the citizens of Virginia. Critical infrastructure industries, like the water and wastewater sector, will remain operational, deploying their emergency response plans. Because the flow to our water resource recovery facility does not stop, we have been working to ensure the continuity of our operations. This includes making sure that all staff are safe, healthy, and able to continue working for our community.
Every one of our 100 employees is an essential employee. About two-thirds of our employees work on the 32 acre plant site – fixing equipment, testing product quality and monitoring processes. We instituted minimum staffing for most of our plant employees over a week ago. Alternate work schedules are also in place for our contractors and construction management teams on site.
Office staff, who support the plant operations, will move to an alternate schedule the week of March 30. These staff will work at home one week and work in the office the next week in order to maintain sufficient social distancing. In addition, all CDC protocols for coronavirus have been communicated and are in practice across the campus and with our contractor staff. During this time, we’ve had to reduce our core business hours to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and visits must be by appointment only.
I take the health and well-being of every one of my small staff of 100 people incredibly seriously. Without their essential daily work, passion and commitment as wastewater treatment professionals, our community could face greater public health challenges.
Thank you for your support during this time. Don’t worry – we will continue to keep the cleaning the wastewater for you.
Karen Pallansch, CEO, AlexRenew