20 March 2020 /
Update and information on the Corona virus for water and wastewater utilities
Contributed by:
Voice of the Danube
20 March 2020

Following the first reports of cases of acute respiratory syndrome in the Chinese Wuhan municipality at the end of December 2019, Chinese authorities have identified a novel coronavirus as the main causative agent. The outbreak has rapidly evolved affecting other parts of China and outside the country. Cases have been detected in several countries in Asia, but also in Australia, Europe, Africa and North America.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), so far all countries in the Danube region have recorded cases of infection with coronavirus. As with influenza viruses, the novel coronavirus is transmitted via direct bodily contact or via droplet infection. As far as we can judge at this moment, any transmission of coronavirus via public drinking water supply can be excluded.

Below you can find information (websites, documents, webinars etc.) provided by IAWD, our partners – the national water utility associations – and other relevant stakeholders in the water sector.






National water utility associations:



WEBSITE: Coronavirus: Informationen für die Betreiber von Abwasseranlagen



WEBSITE: COVID-19 and Water






Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS):

NEWS: Special edition of NALAS Digest: Local Response to COVID-19


European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC):

WEBSITE: Status and updates on COVID-19 

LEAFLET: Handwashing poster 


INFOGRAPHIC: Minimise the spread


World Health Organization Europe (WHO Europe)

WEBSITE: Status and updates on COVID-19


World Bank Group

WEBSITE: World Bank Group and COVID-19


International Water Association (IWA)

WEBSITE: Information and resources on water and  COVID-19 

TASK FORCE: IWA set-up a Covid-10 Task Force 




Water Europe

POSITION PAPER: A Water Smart Society for a Successful post COVID19 recovery plan