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Episode #167 — 07 April 2020 Utility COVID-19 Response and Long-Term Impacts

with AWWA President Jim Williams

Jim Williams, the sitting AWWA President, provides an illuminating interview on the utility response to COVID-19 and what the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will be. Jim addresses the basics for how utilities have responded to the pandemic, and also dives into federal legislative efforts, financial fallout and much more in a great interview.

Reese Tisdale also comes on for another Bluefield on Tap to discuss the latest market developments in the water sector.

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • The role of the President of AWWA and AWWA governance
  • How the COVID-19 has impacted utilities in the short term
  • How a pandemic utility response differs from a natural disaster response
  • Strategies employed by utilities to maintain a safe and healthy workforce and protect the public health
  • Utilities, vendors to utilities, and “essential services” under government stay at home orders
  • Delays in utility capital programs and projects
  • Federal legislation and money for utility infrastructure and loan programs
  • Long-term repercussions of COVID-19, including financial repercussions, full cost of service rate recovery, and rate affordability
  • Jim’s thoughts on how the COVID-19 pandemic will change and shape the water sector

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