COVID-19 Digest

You're likely already aware of Texas Water's postponement. We will be hosting the same conference, in Fort Worth, on July 13-16.

There were 2,877 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Texas as of March 31, 325 were reported on Monday, March 30th. A vote by the Texas Public Utilities Commission will ban utilities from cutting off power and water services to those Texans who have lost jobs and income during the ongoing public health crisis.

The EPA has recommended that state leaders define drinking water and wastewater employees as essential workers when enacting restrictions such as shelter in place. And while that work is obviously critical even in light of a health emergency, in Texas, essential infrastructure and flood planning may see funding cut as unspent rainy day funds are rerouted to a state government facing unexpected shortfalls.

WEF has set out numerous helpful resources:

· Water-sector specific information

· WEF Webcast on Coronavirus for Water Professionals

· Words on Water Podcast - CoronaVirus and Water Treatment

· Trusted Sources and Guidance from WHO, CDC, and OSHA

WEF President Walt Marlowe offered comments to The Drop podcast in a special episode on COVID-19.

90 cities and states across the US have ordered a halt to water shutoffs for those residents unable to pay their water bills.

A Message to the WEF Community about Coronavirus - Video Messages from President Jarrell and Executive Director Walt Marlowe

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