COVID-19 Resources

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This page was created to compile resources and information for water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities operating under COVID-19 (coronavirus) circumstances. Check back frequently for updates and new resources. This page was last updated June 23, 2020.

 

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Poll Results

How COVID-19 conditions are affecting North Carolina water/wastewater utilities (April 29 - May 5, 2020) 

95 North Carolina utilities responded to six questions on the pandemic's effects on staffing, financial condition, revenues, next year's rates, customer payment plans, and capital projects.  

 

Webinars

May 18, 2020 | Payment Plans under Executive Order 124 in North Carolina
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Presenters: Kara Millonzi and Shadi Eskaf
Topics: Unless it is extended, EO 124 will expire on June 1, 2020. Many local units are focused on structuring, communicating, and managing payment plans for customers who incurred delinquencies between March 31 and June 1. There is not a one-size-fits-all model, but there are a lot of great ideas out there. And also a lot of questions! This Zoom call addressed these issues and facilitated information sharing. 

April 8, 2020 | A Conversation Regarding Coronavirus and How it Might Affect your Small Water System's Finances and Management
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Presenters: Shadi Eskaf and Heather Himmerlberger
Topics: Coronavirus has upended all of our lives in a very short period of time, but water utilities are affected in very specific ways. During this national “Office Hours” style webinar, you will have an opportunity to voice your questions and concerns to two industry experts. Water personnel must keep working as the continuous provision of water couldn’t be more vital.  However, as others have been laid off or lost their incomes in one way or another, the utilities will be losing revenue and many will not be performing shut offs.  What might this mean for water system finances? How will your water system handle a deficit? Many small systems have 1 or maybe only 2 people who are familiar with the system, including where assets are, how it operates, etc. What happens if personnel are not able to work due to coronavirus or something else, such as an injury? Does the utility have a good map or an Operation and Maintenance Plan to help another operator who may need to come in and help but is not familiar with the system or the location of assets? Does the utility have an asset management plan it can rely on to help with continuing service? What emergency preparations have been made to date? What communications strategies have you considered?  

April 2, 2020 | North Carolina Utilities and Executive Order 124 for COVID-19
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Presenters: Kara MillonziShadi Eskaf, and Sharon Edmundson
Topics: The Governor of North Carolina issued Executive Order 124 on March 31 that prohibits all utilities in the state from disconnecting water, wastewater, electric, and natural gas service to residential customers for at least 60 days, prohibits utilities from imposing late fees and penalties, mandates payment plan parameters, and imposes a new reporting requirement. This call presented information on this Executive Order requirements, offered legal and practical considerations, and discussed financial implications.  

March 23, 2020 | Water/Wastewater Utilities Operations in North Carolina During COVID-19
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Presenters: Kara MillonziShadi Eskaf, and Sharon Edmundson
Topics: Legal (NC-specific) and financial (general) implications for water and wastewater utilities operating during COVID-19: Operations, Maintenance, Financial Sustainability, Customer Service.

 

Resources for Water Systems

Resources for small water systems by the Environmental Finance Center Network (Smart Management for Small Water Systems)

Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN)

Coronavirus Compendium: Key Considerations for Water and Wastewater Utilities Responding to the Coronavirus (by Moonshot Missions)

 

Blogs

Environmental Finance, by the UNC Environmental Finance Center

 

Coates Canons - legal issues for North Carolina local governments by the UNC School of Government

 

Tools

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Webpages by Other Organizations:

US EPA 

American Water Works Association

Water Environment Federation 

Water Research Foundation

Government Finance Officers Association

UNC School of Government - resources for North Carolina local governments

CDC