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Webinar | A Conversation Regarding Coronavirus and How it Might Affect Your Small Water System’s Finances & Management
April 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
This webinar is an opportunity to ask your questions and have our experts provide you the best answers we can at this time. Coronavirus has upended all of our lives in a very short period of time, but water utilities are affected in very specific ways. Water personnel must keep working as the continuous provision of water couldn’t be more vital. However, as others have been laid off or lost their incomes in one way or another, the utilities will be losing revenue and many will not be performing shut offs. What might this mean for water system finances? How will your water system handle a deficit? Many small systems have 1 or maybe only 2 people who are familiar with the system, including where assets are, how it operates, etc. What happens if personnel are not able to work due to coronavirus or something else, such as an injury? Does the utility have a good map or an Operation and Maintenance Plan to help another operator who may need to come in and help but is not familiar with the system or the location of assets? Does the utility have an asset management plan it can rely on to help with continuing service? What emergency preparations have been made to date? What communications strategies have you considered?\
We invite participants to ask questions in advance during the registration process. This webinar will follow an”office hours” question and answer format.
- Shadi Eskaf, Research Director. Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Heather Himmelberger, Director, Southwest Environmental Finance Center