Episode #167 — 07 April 2020 Utility COVID-19 Response and Long-Term Impactswith 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
Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include:
- Jim’s LinkedIn page
- AWWA website
- AWWA’s Coronavirus Webpage
- TWV #146: The AWWA: Past, Present and Future with David LaFrance
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