Since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, NACWA has been working with our clean water agency members and our partner organizations across the water and municipal sector to urge Congress to act to provide relief to utilities and ratepayers. NACWA’s ongoing advocacy encompasses direct funding for utilities for lost revenues and COVID-19-related expenses, assistance to water ratepayers, support for essential employers and workers, stabilizing and improving municipal financing tools, and engaging in the growing debate around shutoff moratoriums. With the pandemic persisting, Congress remains focused as of late summer on COVID-19 “relief” but we are also engaging in discussions around a future economic “recovery” and infrastructure stimulus package.
NACWA believes Congress needs to recognize and respond to the tireless efforts of clean water agencies to protect public health and prevent greater spread of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic. We are grateful to the extent that our member agencies have also been able to communicate with Congress and share their experience with fellow utilities and their federal representatives during this challenging time. Your continued advocacy is essential to keeping the sector’s needs heard at a time of unprecedented concern and advocacy, with nearly every facet of American life and our economy impacted.
Below is a key list of advocacy resources, which NACWA will keep updated over time. To discuss COVID-19 advocacy contact Kristina Surfus, Jason Isakovic or anyone on the NACWA team.