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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.

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.