Post Tagged with: "coronavirus"

Trump, Democrats signal interest in infrastructure for “Phase 4” stimulus

Trump, Democrats signal interest in infrastructure for “Phase 4” stimulus

April 1, 2020 at 1:26 pm 0 comments

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted about a possible federal infrastructure bill worth $2 trillion that would presumably serve as, or as part of, a “Phase 4” stimulus package amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Then on Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was joined by U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), JamesRead More

Stimulus package excludes financial relief for water sector

Stimulus package excludes financial relief for water sector

March 30, 2020 at 10:09 am 0 comments

Congress released a massive stimulus package last week that was signed by President Donald Trump amid the COVID-19 pandemic that could have serious economic ramifications both in the United States and around the globe. The bill included significant funding for a variety of private industries, but direct financial relief for theRead More

EPA urges states to support water, wastewater operations amid coronavirus crisis

EPA urges states to support water, wastewater operations amid coronavirus crisis

March 30, 2020 at 10:09 am 0 comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler sent a letter to governors in all 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C. on Friday, urging them to ensure that drinking water and wastewater employees are considered essential workers by state authorities when enacting restrictions such as shelter in place orders to curb theRead More

NACWA estimates clean water utilities could face $12.5 billion in losses from COVID-19 impact

NACWA estimates clean water utilities could face $12.5 billion in losses from COVID-19 impact

March 23, 2020 at 8:40 am 0 comments

While Congress debated the specifics of a major stimulus package last week, public clean water utilities continue to provide essential water services to their communities around the country despite the financial uncertainties. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) said in a press release that challenges utilities face include fallingRead More

Survey shows water utilities confident in maintaining operations despite financial uncertainty

Survey shows water utilities confident in maintaining operations despite financial uncertainty

March 20, 2020 at 11:16 am 0 comments

According to a survey from the American Water Works Association (AWWA), with water and wastewater services critical in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 90 percent of water utilities have business continuity plans in place or have plans to develop them. The survey, conducted March 10-16, included responses from employeesRead More

Water associations issue joint statement on COVID-19, denounce bottled water price gouging

Water associations issue joint statement on COVID-19, denounce bottled water price gouging

March 17, 2020 at 3:17 pm 0 comments

As the global COVID-19 crisis continues to develop and reports of bottled water shortages make headlines, the National Association of Water Companies, the American Water Works Association and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies issued a joint statement last week on the safety of tap water. According to the U.S.Read More

Lawmakers propose banning delinquent water shutoffs during coronavirus shutdown

Lawmakers propose banning delinquent water shutoffs during coronavirus shutdown

March 16, 2020 at 11:18 am 0 comments

A group of Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives has written to congressional leaders recommending the federal government impose a nationwide moratorium on water service disconnections until the COVID-19 crisis has subsided. The request came in the form of a March 11 letter sent to House and Senate leaders byRead More

EPA: Tap water safe to drink amid coronavirus outbreak

EPA: Tap water safe to drink amid coronavirus outbreak

March 12, 2020 at 4:40 pm 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a Coronavirus guidance for drinking water and wastewater for the public, reiterating that Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap. The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies and based on current evidence, the risk to waterRead More

Water treatment practices effective against COVID-19, WHO says

Water treatment practices effective against COVID-19, WHO says

March 9, 2020 at 9:43 am 0 comments

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a technical brief stating that current water treatment methods are expected to be effective against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The brief noted “[the] presence of the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies and based on current evidence the risk to water suppliesRead More