Topic: Coronavirus



The coronavirus sparked a lot of water-related questions and issues when the pandemic moved into California in 2020. Below are the latest articles on the topic as they appeared in our Aquafornia news aggregate. 

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Announcement: 2020 annual report recaps water education efforts in California and the West amid a global pandemic

The Water Education Foundation’s just-released 2020 Annual Report recaps how, even in the midst of a global pandemic, we continued educating about the most crucial natural resource in California and the West – water. The annual report takes readers along to see the array of educational events, trainings and articles we produced last year, including engaging virtual water tours that educated participants on pressing water issues and allowed them to interact with each other and a wide range of experts offering different viewpoints.

Aquafornia news The Hill

Opinion: Priced out and shut off: Tackling water affordability

Right now, Congress is debating needed investments in our water system decades in the making. While the Senate’s compromise bill passed earlier this month includes billions for lead pipe replacement and helping communities prepare for future drought and floods, the bill falls short of ensuring all families can turn their tap on and access safe, affordable water. … Some utilities are stepping up to help (both San Francisco Public Utilities and East Bay Municipal Utilities District have customer assistance programs) …
-Written by Michael McAfee, president and CEO of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute focused on advancing racial and economic equity, and Susana De Anda, co-founder and executive director of the Community Water Center, a nonprofit environmental justice organization based in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Announcement: Water summit and headwaters tour to go virtual this fall

The Water Education Foundation was hoping to host a few in-person events this fall (and you told us in a survey that you wanted us to) but with the rise in the Delta variant of COVID-19 cases, we have decided to present our Water Summit and Headwaters Tour in a virtual format. However, while our annual Water Summit will be virtual on Oct. 28, we are hoping to include an optional outdoor reception aboard a boat for a Sacramento River cruise. Stay tuned for details!

Aquafornia news ESRI

Blog: Expediting water relief for the Navajo Nation

The heightened need for handwashing during the pandemic posed a challenge for the many homes without water. For many years, the rugged topography and remoteness of the Navajo Nation made piping water to homes challenging. Since 2003, IHS and a network of partners have reduced the number of Navajo homes without water access from 30 percent to 20 percent. New funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided the Navajo Area IHS with $5.2 million, targeted specifically to increasing water access on the Navajo Nation.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger

Blog: California water and wastewater arrearage payment program details: arrearage funding program survey is now open

The California Water and Wastewater Arrearage Payment Program (Program), passed as part of Assembly Bill 148, is being developed and implemented by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board). This Program will provide funding for “community water systems” that have experienced revenue shortfalls and arrearages on water and wastewater bills during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Program will prioritize issuing funding to community water systems first, and will extend funding to wastewater providers if the Program still has funding available after providing relief to community water systems.

Aquafornia news Al Jazeera

Historic drought threatens California farms

In the valleys of central California, the search for water has turned into an all-out obsession as the region suffers through a drought that could threaten the US’s food supply. Residents have watched with dismay as verdant fields turned into brown, dusty plains, leaving shrivelled trees, dying plants and frustrated farmers. Much of California, and of the broader US West, has suffered through years of lighter-than-usual precipitation and a particularly dry winter.

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