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COVID-19

 

Overview

AMWA and its partners are continuing to monitor the ongoing worldwide spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidance emphasizing the continued safety of tap water amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance echoed a previous technical brief by the World Health Organization, noting water remains safe for drinking. AMWA and WaterISAC have released a new version of their pandemic guide: Business Continuity Planning for a Pandemic: A Reference Guide

 

Financial Impacts of COVID-19

AMWA collaborated with AWWA and Raftelis to produce The Financial Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on U.S. Drinking Water Utilities, which projected COVID-19 could cause a $14 billion drop in water revenue and lead to $32.7 billion in economic losses.

Credit rating firm S&P Global Ratings released an article in May, Credit FAQ: COVID-19, Recession, And U.S. Public Finance Ratings, which explores how the pandemic may affect public agencies' credit ratings.

Utility Responses to COVID-19 Webinar Series

The recordings from AMWA’s panels on COVID-19 responses are now available.

 

Utilities Supporting Utilities

As utilities revise their pandemic plans, they may reference plans and resources from AMWA member utilities or use the resources included below.

 

Survey on Utility Financial Projections

AMWA surveyed members in March about whether they have developed projections related COVID-19:  financial implications, water usage, and delinquencies. 17 members responded and two provided spreadsheets showing projections. View the results and spreadsheets.

 

Federal Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Labor

Environmental Protection Agency

Executive Office of the President

Federal Emergency Management Agency

 

Water Sector Organization and Other Resources

WaterISAC

Water Environment Federation

Water Research Foundation

Value of Water Coalition

Moonshot Missions

Stantec

Environmental Science, Policy & Research Institute and AH Environmental Consultants, Inc.