The Utah Division of Drinking Water and the National Rural Water Association have released statements concerning the novel Coronavirus. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also released a letter to Governors about the Presidential Declaration of a National Emergency.
The NRWA has put together a summary of the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on water systems across the country. We recommend you send the letter, at the end of the summary, to your Congressman if you have had water loss during this time.
The EPA is providing the attached template for state, localities and water utilities to use to provide documentation to workers that are considered essential. This template complements the letter that EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler sent to Governors in all 50 states, territories, and Washington, DC on March, 27, 2020 requesting that water and wastewater workers, as well as the manufacturers and suppliers who provide vital services and materials to the water sector, are considered essential workers and businesses by state authorities when enacting restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“In response to the Presidential Declaration of a National Emergency for the COVID-19 outbreak, I am writing to you to request that water and wastewater workers, as well as the manufacturers and suppliers who provide vital services and materials to the water sector, are considered essential workers and businesses by state authorities when enacting restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. Our critical infrastructure and the operators who ensure the safe supply of water to our homes and hospitals depend on treatment chemicals, laboratory supplies, and related goods and materials. “
Marie E. Owens (Division of Drinking Water) made a statement on the availability of drinking water during the coronavirus outbreak. DDW wants residents to know that public drinking water systems are designed to continuously deliver safe drinking water to your tap. “There is no need for residents to stock up on surplus bottled water in preparation for a potential outbreak of coronavirus.”
The National Rural Water Association made a statement on the management techniques of drinking water and wastewater. The NRWA continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak and recommends all water and wastewater utilities review the best and latest information.