How water utilities are left out of much coronavirus relief funding

May 22, 2020

Special municipal districts such as water utilities say they have been largely left out of federal coronavirus funding even though they are feeling the pandemic's impact.

Congress has allocated money and the Federal Reserve has set up a facility to lend to state and local governments, but water utilities are feeling pressured, said Marion Gee, finance director at the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District and the newest Government Finance Officers Association president.

The CARES Act, signed into law last month, distributed direct federal aid to states or localities with populations of more than 500,000.

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