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.

Covid-19 will be with us for years, water sector told

Covid-19 will be with us for years, water sector told

  • By Aquatech
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  • 06-05-2020

The UK water industry was told to prepare for the likelihood of Covid-19 “being with us for two to three years”, according to Dr Piers Clark from Isle Utilities.

4 ways Covid-19 is impacting the US water sector

4 ways Covid-19 is impacting the US water sector

  • By Aquatech
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  • 30-04-2020

From revenue reductions and managing affordability to accelerating the digital buildout, Covid-19 will shape the future of water in the US, according to a new white paper.


Lila Thompson: Why we need supply communities

Lila Thompson: Why we need supply communities

  • By Aquatech
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  • 29-04-2020

Lila Thompson, CEO of British Water believes now more than ever we need to see the supply chain as a supply community.

VIDEO: Sewers4COVID software developed in EU hackathon

VIDEO: Sewers4COVID software developed in EU hackathon

  • By Aquatech
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  • 28-04-2020

An EUvsVirus hackathon resulted in the development of a new software tool combining machine learning with sewer surveillance.

CASE STUDY: Data links Covid-19 lockdowns to consumption change

CASE STUDY: Data links Covid-19 lockdowns to consumption change

  • By Aquatech
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  • 23-04-2020

The German city of Karlsruhe has used an AI system to analyse how Covid-19 lockdowns are affecting water consumption and demand forecasting.

Opinion: Why Covid-19 puts the climate emergency into perspective

Opinion: Why Covid-19 puts the climate emergency into perspective

  • By Anusha Shah
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  • 21-04-2020

We need to include public health as a major consideration in flood risk management and resilience plans, writes Anusha Shah.

Lets keep connected, a personal note from Annette Bos

Lets keep connected, a personal note from Annette Bos

  • By Annette Bos
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  • 20-04-2020

This is the first time I reach out to our community directly. I have always said it’s about Aquatech and not about me. But I feel that in these unprecedented times I want to reach out to you from my home and from my heart.

5 water engineering firms pivoting into Covid-19 supplies

5 water engineering firms pivoting into Covid-19 supplies

  • By Aquatech
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  • 08-04-2020

Find out which water tech and engineering companies are manufacturing face shields, ventilator filtration systems, hand sanitiser and mobile ICU units.

VIDEO: How ‘remote working’ could shape water’s culture

VIDEO: How ‘remote working’ could shape water’s culture

  • By Aquatech
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  • 08-04-2020

Three leading members of the Global Water Tech Hub Alliance (GWTHA) discuss how Covid-19 lockdown enforced communication methods may shape water’s working culture.

5 signs of hope from the pandemic

5 signs of hope from the pandemic

  • By Aquatech
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  • 03-04-2020

During challenging times, it is important to show that there are also signs of hope.

Wastewater sampling: a barometer of Covid-19?

Wastewater sampling: a barometer of Covid-19?

  • By Aquatech
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  • 02-04-2020

KWR Water Research Institute detected Covid-19 in the wastewater from a city before any cases had officially been reported.

Damian Wells: 3 leadership tips on Covid-19 communications

Damian Wells: 3 leadership tips on Covid-19 communications

  • By Aquatech
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  • 31-03-2020

The managing director of Australian water utility Coliban Water shares his tips for action and communication during the pandemic.

How water utilities are communicating on Covid-19

How water utilities are communicating on Covid-19

  • By Aquatech
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  • 26-03-2020

Treatment technologies can safely remove the coronavirus, and tap water continues to be a safe lifeline during unprecedented times. How are water utilities communicating this?

Global water events 2020: a rescheduled list

Global water events 2020: a rescheduled list

  • By Aquatech
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  • 26-03-2020

Multiple water sector events have been rescheduled in light of the pandemic. We bring together a revised list.

VIDEO: Oliver Lawal – Facing Covid-19, personally & professionally

VIDEO: Oliver Lawal – Facing Covid-19, personally & professionally

  • By Aquatech
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  • 24-03-2020

Oliver Lawal speaks openly about a covid-19 diagnosis, as well as continuing to run a water technology business in these uncharted waters.

Don’t feed the fatbergs in the pandemic, urges UK utility

Don’t feed the fatbergs in the pandemic, urges UK utility

  • By Aquatech
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  • 19-03-2020

The flushing of ‘unflushables’ because of #COVID19 related toilet roll hoarding could lead to more sewer blockages and fatbergs, warns utility Thames Water.

5 songs about water to help distract & relax

5 songs about water to help distract & relax

  • By Aquatech
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  • 18-03-2020

Check out these five songs featuring water in the title or lyrics to help relax during challenging times.

Coronavirus and water/wastewater: a round-up of global advice

Coronavirus and water/wastewater: a round-up of global advice

  • By Aquatech
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  • 17-03-2020

A round-up of WHO, CDC and industry association advice on water treatment and COVID-19.