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.
- Update and information on the novel Coronavirus for water and wastewater utilities
- Information on measures for water and waste water utilities
- Information on Corona for water and wastewater utilities – Serbian (translated by UTVSI)
- D-LeaP Program on Water Safety and Crisis Management: Business Continuity Essentials for Disaster Risk Management
National water utility associations:
WEBSITE: COVID-19 and Water
- Continuity of Water and Sanitation Services under Covid-19 Crisis – Challenges and Lessons Learned, 15 May 2020, 11am (UTC+2)
- Cooperation of the Key Actors in Supporting the Emergency Needs of Water Utilities, 22 May 2020, 2pm (UTC+2)
Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS):
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
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)
- COVID-19 and Safe Water Treatment – Utilities Are In The Focus
- COVID-19 and ‘Chasing for Water’ – Water Access in Poor Urban Spaces
- COVID-19: A Water Professional’s Perspective - Watch the webinar and summary
- A Utility Leaders’ Response to COVID 19 – Watch the webinar and summary
- COVID-19: The Regulators’ Response – Watch the webinar
- COVID-19: WASH in Vulnerable Communities – Watch the webinar