NAWC Releases Statement on COVID-19 and Water Industry Response Efforts
Washington, D.C. (March 17, 2020) – As the global COVID-19 crisis continues to develop, NAWC President and CEO Robert F. Powelson shared the following statement regarding industry priorities and ongoing response efforts by member companies:
“America’s water companies share a deep understanding of the importance of uninterrupted delivery of quality water and wastewater services,” said NAWC President and CEO Robert F. Powleson. “Now more than ever, we must band together to combat the spread of COVID-19. Our member companies are doing so by ensuring the communities they serve have unimpeded access to clean water in order to promote personal hygiene and overall public health. From placing moratoriums on water shutoffs to switching to online bill pay and reducing all in-person interactions overall, our members are prioritizing the wellbeing of their employees and Americans across the country.
As COVID-19 response efforts evolve, we will continue to support the health of our nation’s water systems by offering all of the industry expertise and resources we have at our disposal to any water systems in distress or communities in need. I am confident in our industry’s ability to serve communities across the country with the highest level of efficiency, empathy and professionalism to ensure the swiftest and safest outcomes for all in the days to come.”
The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) represents regulated water and wastewater companies, as well as ones engaging in partnerships with municipal utilities. NAWC members provide 73 million Americans with safe and reliable water service every day and have an exceptional record of compliance with federal and state health and environmental regulations. Ensuring this high standard of quality requires extraordinary amounts of capital investment. NAWC estimates that its ten largest members alone collectively invested $3 billion in 2018 in their water and wastewater systems. For more information about NAWC, please visit NAWC.org or follow on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.