Statements & Letters
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.
We marked links in red that we believe you should pay special attention to.
NRWA Impacts of COVID-19 Emergency1
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.
EPA Essential Workers Template - Water/Wastewater2
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.
EPA Letter to Governors3
"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. "
DDW Protections against COVID-194
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.”
NRWA Statement on the Coronavirus5
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.
2 Template was written and published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
3 Letter was written and published by the EPA
4 Statement was written and published by Marie E. Owens (Division of Drinking Water)
5 Statement was written and published by NRWA