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COVID-19 and Public Water Service Continuity [Updated May 13, 2020]   [open pdf - 550KB]

From the Document: "The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has increased attention to several issues regarding the provision of public water services. These include long-standing water-rate affordability concerns, the importance of clean water to public health, and the financial sustainability of some public water systems (whether publicly or privately owned). The spread of COVID-19 has raised specific concerns regarding the continuity of residential water services needed to support hand-washing and other public health measures--particularly as more customers may become unable to pay water bills because of job losses or reduced income. At the same time, water service providers are projecting substantial revenue losses related to COVID-19. Policy options being discussed to alleviate such impacts and help ensure the continuity of water service include providing temporary assistance to households and/or water systems."

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CRS Insight, IN11338
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2020-05-13
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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pdf
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