Sacramento, CA – Jim Peifer, Executive Director of the Regional Water Authority (RWA), released the following statement today in response to the Governor’s Executive Order N-42-20 issued on April 2, 2020.
“As public agencies committed to ensuring that our local water supplies are safe and accessible, we applaud the Governor’s continued leadership during the COVID-19 crisis and support his moratorium on residential and commercial water service disconnections. The Executive Order is consistent with actions that most of our agencies have already taken, including maintaining access to water by reconnecting services, placing moratoriums on service disconnections, and waiving penalties from delinquent charges.”
“We recognize that this crisis is multifaceted and will continue to bring new challenges, including the ability of water customers to pay for water service during this COVID-19 crisis. We will continue to look for ways beyond the Executive Order to extend a helping hand to those who worry about continued access to water service.”
“Furthermore, as additional Federal emergency aid and recovery packages are developed, we urge Governor Newsom to advocate for resources to address low-income water rate assistance and resources for agencies’ continued provision of safe and reliable water.”
The Regional Water Authority (RWA) is a joint powers authority representing 21 water providers serving 2 million people in the greater Sacramento region. Formed in 2001, its primary mission is to help its members protect and enhance the reliability, availability, affordability and quality of water resources. Learn more at rwah2o.org.