Drinking Water

Survey says: COVID-19 impacts on drinking water systems still unknown

 •  by Lois Henry
Rural Assistance Community Partnership surveyed small rural water systems nationwide about impacts of COVID-19.

More than four months into the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to say exactly what the fallout has been for drinking water utilities.

Predictions were dire shortly after Gov. Newsom ordered a moratorium on water shutoffs for non-payment back in early April.

Would there be an avalanche of non payers? If so, how long would water systems, particularly small, disadvantaged systems, be able to hold out before they couldn’t pay for water treatment? Energy? Repairs? Insurance?

Multiple groups geared up to petition the state Legislature and Congress for relief.

But what has the actual impact been?

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