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Wastewater Utilities Seek $12.5 Billion for Virus-Related Losses

March 20, 2020, 8:31 PM

Publicly owned wastewater utilities are asking Congress for $12.5 billion to offset revenue lost to a drop in services provided to industrial and commercial users and to restore service to those unable to pay their bills during the coronavirus pandemic.

The request from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, announced Friday, comes on the heels of reports that Congress is preparing another stimulus package.

  • Without federal assistance, the “cost of writing off customer debt owed to the utility and reinstating service” will be passed on to water customers, the group said.
  • NACWA represents public wastewater and stormwater agencies across the country. Said publicly owned wastewater utilities provide essential services.
  • Average loss of revenues from declining usage is estimated at 20%, but some utilities may be seeing losses as high as 30% to 40%.

To contact the reporter on this story: Amena H. Saiyid in Washington at asaiyid@bloombergenvironment.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory Henderson at ghenderson@bloombergenvironment.com; Renee Schoof at rschoof@bloombergenvironment.com