As a provider of Essential Public Services, we are dedicated to maintaining the high level of service our customers expect and deserve. Internally we have taken measures to minimize risk and keep our customers and staff safe.

The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on cur-rent evidence, the risk to water supplies is low. Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual. You do not need to boil your water prior to drink-ing or use. You can use your tap water for safe hand washing. — EPA — Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater.

Sewer utilities present low risk. The virus that causes COVID-19 has been detected in the feces of some patients diagnosed with COVID-19. The amount of virus released from the body (shed) in stool, how long the virus is shed, and whether the virus in stool is infectious are not known. The risk of transmission of COVID-19 from the feces of an infected person is also unknown. However, the risk is expected to be low based on data from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses, such as severe acute res-piratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). There have been no reports of fecal-oral transmission of COVID-19 to date. Although transmission of COVID-19 through sewage may be possible, there is no evidence to date that this has occurred. — Centers for Disease Control — Water Transmission and COVID-19.

LLSWD will not terminate service to any account, charge late fees, or file any new liens during this time of hardship. If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay your utility bill due to COVID-19, please call our office at (509) 922-5443.

For the best information during the COVID-19 Pandemic, please visit the following official government sites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Washington State Department of Health (DOH)

Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD)

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