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 previously developed Business Continuity Planning in the Event of an Influenza 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.
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.
AMWA continues to compile utility resources from federal, water sector, and other partners. The latest federal resources are displayed below while the full resource list is available here.
Environmental Protection Agency
Department of Homeland Security
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration alert on implementing social distancing in the workplace
Explanation of new COVID-19 employee leave benefits and clarification of exempt personnel considered "emergency responders."