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Stay up to date on how the global water sector is reacting to the Covid-19 pandemic

The respiratory illness, known as Covid-19, continues to spread as the global pandemic unfolds in unprecedented times. Now more than ever the provision of clean and safe water by utilities is critical, as governments advise thorough and regular hand washing to help prevent the disease spreading. Data from global institutions has been made readily available for water and wastewater professionals. Information from the World Health Organisation (WHO) states there is no evidence about the survival of Covid-19 virus in drinking water or wastewater. As a result, no Covid-19 specific protections are recommended for employees involved in wastewater management operations, according to the Water Environment Federation (WEF). However, many water utilities are putting in place emergency measures, including team contingency plans, scenario planning and increased remote working. Some are reporting that 97 per cent of their work forces are working remotely, while continuing to keep water operations running. This page is designed to bring together the latest updates on Covid-19 for the water sector, including personal stories and advice from professionals.