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NEW Water COVID-19 Visitor and Contractor Guidance Statement

During this COVID-19 outbreak, we at NEW Water have remained committed to health and safety as our most important value, as we continue to serve the community around the clock. We continue to monitor and follow health and safety guidelines and orders from the State of Wisconsin, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and the Brown County Health Department. NEW Water is proud to go beyond compliance to protect the health and safety of its staff, contractors, essential visitors, and their families. Our approach is also out of respect for the families, businesses, and customers who rely on the critical service we provide. NEW Water will update this Guidance Statement as needed.

Effective immediately, face coverings for all NEW Water employees and visitors/contractors are required while at NEW Water's facilities (hereafter referred to as “mask” or “masks”). Current requirements continue, which include maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet and requiring the usual vigilant use of Personal Protective Equipment. Any staff, visitors, or contractors who are ill are asked to stay at home.

NEW Water reserves the right to suspend any projects, activities, or other work NEW Water deems non-essential to critical operations, and/or that would adversely impact or risk the health and safety of staff. NEW Water reserves the right to deny access to its facilities to anyone and/or require anyone to evacuate the premises at any time. These policies and recommendations may be revised without notice.

Expectations Prior to Entry and While Present on all NEW Water Operated Facilities and Properties.

NEW Water expects all essential personnel to follow all guidelines and orders from the state, CDC, DHS, and the Brown County Health Department regarding COVID-19 issues:

  • NEW Water’s masking requirement indicates that while on site at NEW Water facilities employees and visitors/contractors are required to wear a mask.
  • Persons who are medically not able to wear a mask are exempt from the masking requirement. Please contact Adam Butry @ 920-438-1019 if you are not able to wear a mask for medical reasons.

Until further notice, NEW Water will determine on a case-by-case basis whether casual visitors will be allowed on NEW Water facilities and properties:

  • Casual visitors are defined as individuals who are not deemed essential by NEW Water to critical work being performed on site.

Documentation Requirements: NEW Water Virus Documentation Form

Additionally, NEW Water is requiring essential personnel, which includes but is not limited to, visitors/contractors, consultants, service providers, and delivery personnel, to abide by the following practices outlined below. Please note that essential personnel (referred to as contractors) shall be responsible for ensuring that their workers and subcontractors (including manufacturer/vendor personnel) also abide by these practices:

  • All visitors/contractors on site must complete and sign a NEW Water Virus Documentation Form prior to accessing our facilities. Forms must be submitted by the end of each day before or prior to every new essential personnel accessing the facilities.
  • Each essential visitor coming on site is required to complete the Form, including those coming on site for a tour.

Essential personnel, such as delivery drivers or short term visitors, do not need to submit a virus documentation form when the following close contact guidelines are followed while on-site.

  • Maintain 6 feet of physical distance.
  • Avoid direct physical contact with personnel (i.e. handshakes or similar).
  • Avoid shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • Avoid contact with respiratory droplets (i.e. sneeze or cough).
  • Contact with site personnel is less than 15 minutes (cumulative time over 24 hour period); applies to both indoor, and/or outdoor contact.

NEW Water Project Personnel On-Site Documentation

The visitor/contractor shall be responsible for their workers and subcontractors (including manufacturer/vendor personnel) and document worker presence on NEW Water operated facilities and properties. Documentation shall be completed and provided to NEW Water and Consultant project representatives daily and shall include the following:

  • Today’s Date
  • Essential Personnel Name
  • Project Name (if applicable)
  • Contractor (if applicable)
  • Reason for Your Visit

Additional Expectations of Contractors

The visitor/contractor shall be responsible for site access control as it relates to their workers and subcontractors.

  • Visitors/contractors are asked to prohibit any personnel exhibiting respiratory illness symptoms or any other symptoms related to COVID-19 from accessing NEW Water facilities and properties in accordance with health officials’ recommendations.
  • If visitors/contractors come into contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, we require that they immediately inform their supervisor, manager, project manager, as well as their NEW Water contact to review the situation and are prohibited from NEW Water facilities until all health officials’ recommended quarantine procedures have been followed.
  • Face-to-face meetings and other large gatherings will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if the meeting needs to be held in person or if other options are available.
  • The visitor/contractor shall inform NEW Water and other contractors/subcontractors when a worker has been restricted from the site for any of the above reasons.
  • The use of NEW Water facilities and properties (e.g. break rooms, administrative buildings, control rooms, and restrooms) outside of their work location are prohibited.

COVID-19 Related Concerns

  • If visitors/contractors have undergone testing for COVID-19, they are prohibited from NEW Water facilities and properties until test results show the individual does not have COVID-19.
  • If visitors/contractors have tested positive for COVID-19, they are prohibited from NEW Water facilities and properties until all health officials’ recommended quarantine procedures have been followed.
  • Visitors/contractors must provide notice to NEW Water immediately if they or someone under their supervision has tested positive for COVID-19, and/or has encountered someone known to have tested positive for COVID-19.