SWRCB Issues COVID-19 Guidance to Public Water Systems by Will Holbert Mar 23, 2020 Water News In a March 20 memo to public water systems, the State Water Resources Control Board issued guidance to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the operation of water systems and a fact sheet for use in public outreach. “The novel corona virus and the disease associated, COVID-19, poses significant challenges to public water systems (PWSs) and the communities that they serve,” the memo states. “The provision of potable water to your customers is an essential function. This attached guidance offers suggestions on ways to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the operation of PWSs and to support the continued delivery of potable water during this pandemic.” The guidance addresses issues including communication with customers, maintaining staffing levels, financial considerations, emergency planning and other issues. “It is necessary that PWSs provide ongoing water quality monitoring and reporting in accordance with laws, regulations and permit requirements. All recommendations are based on information available and may be amended or added to as information develops,” the memo states. The fact sheet is intended to help public water systems respond to inquiries from their communities about the drinking water they are served.