On 11 March the WHO declared COVID-19 pandemic. According to renowned research institutes (treated) drinking water is well protected against viruses, including the Corona virus. Still extra measures are necessary to secure the continuous availability of safe water- and sanitation services for all.
Examples of measures reported by water utilities in EBC’s benchmarking network are:
No extra measures seem to be necessary to secure the quality of treated water or wastewater. Utilities tend to postpone all non-essential projects and maintenance work like meter replacements.
WHO has published a Technical Brief to provide guidance to practitioners on water, sanitation, hygiene, and waste management.
Measures towards customers
For extra hygiene like washing hands, customers depend on access to safe water and sanitation services. Measures that are taken by water companies include:
First priority for staff of water companies (like for all) is to protect yourself:
To secure the continuity of operations, utilities take organizational measures such as:
Exchanging utilities’ experiences
Utilities can learn from each other’s experiences on EBC’s discussion platform. Several utilities already shared recent experiences and we encourage everyone to join. Furthermore a questionnaire was created to collect experiences and challenges so far. The questionnaire is available here.
EBC’s platform is open to participants in its benchmarking programme. If your utility is currently not participating but if you still would like to learn from experiences from colleague utilities or contribute to it yourself, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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