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Dispatches from the Front Lines: Mona Rezaei

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Water Treatment Operator Mona Rezaei shares what it's like to do her job during Covid-times.
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"I’m changing the regulators on a chlorine tank to ensure water coming from the Bull Run is treated with the correct amount of chlorine. Treating water with chlorine protects the public against waterborne bacteria and viruses that may initially be present in the water. I’m proud of the work I’m doing right now; being able to provide clean water with everyone staying at home quarantining is more important now than ever.

Social distancing at Headworks has been challenging, new, and a little awkward for everyone. We’ve added additional cleaning measures, everyone is required to wear a mask, and each employee has been assigned their own truck to further implement best social distancing practices. I’ve been working for the Water Bureau for about a year and half.

"Being able to provide clean water with everyone staying at home quarantining is more important now than ever."

On March 23rd, I transitioned from working graveyard to maintenance, so it’s been a pretty crazy transition. I’ve been learning a lot, but there’s been a great deal of change too. Training while practicing social distancing measures has been interesting, to say the least; it’s hard to hear the person training you while they’re wearing a mask and you’re trying to stay six feet apart!"