Last Updated October 14, 2020
In these uncertain times, small water systems are facing difficult decisions about how to maintain operations and ensure financial sustainability, while providing essential services to the public and limiting personal interactions during the COVID-19 outbreak. We’ve heard your concerns and are doing all we can to address your questions. While we have suspended our in-person trainings indefinitely, we want to take a minute to remind you of the numerous other resources we provide:
- Upcoming Webinars on a host of challenges that small water systems face, and how to best address those challenges
- Webinar Recording: Keeping the Water On During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Webinar Recording: A Conversation Regarding Coronavirus and How it Might Affect Your Small Water System’s Finances and Management
- Webinar Recording: Ask the Expert: Protecting and Investing in the Water Workforce Through COVID-19 and Beyond
- Suggestions and Comments: Keeping the Water on During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Free technical assistance related to asset management, financial planning and rate setting, capital planning, energy use, identifying funding, water system collaboration, resiliency planning, and workforce planning to water systems serving a population of less than 10,000 people.
- Blog posts related to finance and management of small water systems:
- Financial Implications of COVID-19 for Water and Wastewater Systems
- Communicating with Utility Staff During COVID-19
- Water System Reserves During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Municipal Finance in a Pandemic: How is the Market Responding?
- How Utilities in the Past Have Saved Money During Economic Hardship: Similarities and Differences for COVID-19
- COVID-19 Conditions’ Financial Effects on 49 Water Systems in North Carolina
- Financial Resilience: Tools to test a utility’s ability to “weather the storm”
- COVID-19 and North Carolina Utilities: Impact Assessment of the Coronavirus Pandemic on North Carolina Water and Wastewater Utilities
- Funding Sources by State or Territory and Funding Sources for Disaster Recovery in select states.
- Water and Wastewater Rates Dashboards for 19 states.
- Additional Resources located in our resource library.
We’ve also compiled a list of other resources to take advantage of:
- US EPA resources page
- American Water Works Association resource page
- Water Environment Federation resource page
- Government Finance Officers Association resources page
- UNC School of Government resources page
- Coronavirus Compendium– Key Considerations for Water and Wastewater Systems, compiled by Moonshot Missions
We are fully prepared to support small water systems during this unprecedented time, and hope you’ll utilize our resources and reach out with questions or concerns.
Stay safe and healthy,
The Environmental Finance Center Network