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Community Water Center COVID-19 Response


CWC COVID-19 Response

During this uncertain and difficult time, we are working alongside community partners and allies to ensure that vulnerable communities in the San Joaquin Valley and the Central Coast have access to the resources they need and to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water.

In the immediate term we are reaching out to community members, assessing the impact to vulnerable communities, and connecting people to available resources. For longer-term solutions we successfully advocated for a statewide moratorium on water shutoffs along with clean water advocates and are working toward a water affordability program for all Californians.

It is important to stay safe and informed during this difficult time about the resources available to you during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Is your access to water being affected? Tell us.

If you're having trouble accessing safe, clean, and affordable drinking water, we want to hear from you. Let us know your situation so we can ensure that your concerns are heard by state and local decision-makers.

Email us: or call: (559) 733-0219

Governor orders statewide moratorium on water shutoffs

We joined a coalition of clean water advocates in submitting a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom requesting that he implement an immediate statewide moratorium on water shutoffs and to take other immediate emergency steps to maintain and restore access to water in vulnerable communities. The Governor responded to this crisis by ordering a statewide moratorium on water shutoffs on April 2, 2020. You can read our joint statement on the moratorium here.

Our work continues.

We are hearing from residents of disadvantaged communities and low-income households that water shutoffs due to inability to pay water bills are continuing during the state of emergency. We are also hearing from residents with unsafe tap water that bottled water is very difficult to find in stores right now. As one example, residents of communities in Tulare County currently lack access to safe water due to a change in the administrator of their state-funded bottled water delivery program, and residents have told us that it has been nearly impossible to find replacement water in local stores. This is proving true for many small communities that depend on corner stores for day to day needs.

Our state must address the long-term challenge of water affordability by creating a statewide low-income rate assistance program for water, just like we have for energy and cell phones.

COVID-19 Resources & Know Your Rights



The Public Advised to NOT Flush Disinfecting Wipes, Paper Towels down Toilet – Throw Them Away instead

State Water Resources Control Board, March 17, 2020

Californians won’t have water service turned off for unpaid bills during coronavirus crisis, Newsom says
LA Times, April 2, 2020

Gavin Newsom issues a moratorium on water utility shutoffs during the coronavirus emergency
Sacramento Bee, April 2, 2020

Alarmed over bottled water scarcity, some calling for statewide ban on water shut-offs
Central Coast Public Radio, April 2, 2020

Community Advocates Say Water Shutoff Order Is Good, But Not Enough
Valley Public Radio, April 2, 2020

Advocacy Groups Call for Moratorium on Water Shutoffs Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
Epoch Times, April 1, 2020

The U.S. Should Stop Water Shutoffs During the COVID-19 Pandemic - and Forever
Gizmodo, March 20, 2020


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Community Water Center COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 CWC Community Resources Fact Sheet
Last updated 4/7/2020

Download a PDF Version Here

En Español 

Community Water Center (CWC) is working to protect access to water during the COVID-19 outbreak. We believe all communities should have access to safe, clean, and affordable water. This fact sheet provides information on key resources and helps answer common questions. 

CONTACT CWC: We want to hear how your access to clean water is being impacted and ensure your concerns are heard by state and local decision-makers.

Email us: Call us: (559) 733-0219 Web: Twitter: @CWaterC Facebook: @communitywatercenter


Statewide Information and Know Your Rights

Water and Utility Shutoffs

Governor Newsom issued a statewide moratorium on water shutoffs on April 2, 2020 that immediately bans all water shutoffs and requires reconnections if your water was shut off on or after March 4. You can report issues with water shutoffs or reconnections here: The CA Public Utilities Commission has resources on electricity and private water systems shut offs at:


CWC urges local municipalities to immediately put into place strong eviction moratoriums, to build on the Governor’s Executive Order that authorizes local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners. More info on tenant protections & county eviction moratoriums:

Healthcare Coverage

Covered California enrollment has opened in light of COVID-19. Register if you are currently uninsured. 



Participating in Public Meetings

You have a right to participate in local public meetings -- and we need your public participation now more than ever! Here are some helpful resources.

  • California guidance & best practices on conducting public meetings: 


More info: anges -in-subsequent-executive-order

California Coronavirus COVID 19 Response

Statewide up-to-date information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and available resources.

South San Joaquin Valley Resources

Emergency Water Tank Program for domestic well failure

  • Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Mariposa, and Stanislaus counties: Call Self Help Enterprises (SHE) Phone: (559) 651-1000. Application required to finance a new or rehabilitated domestic well.
  • Merced County: SHE is delivering water to those already enrolled, but the County is not permitting new tanks at this time.
  • Madera County: Call Community Action Partnership of Madera County. Phone: (559) 673-9173

Tulare County Bottled Water Program

  • For applicants on domestic wells: Email: Phone: (559) 624-7071.
  • Customers of the following water systems are also eligible to apply: Tooleville MWC; East Orosi CSD; Richgrove CSD/Rodriguez Labor Camp ; Ali MWC; Beverly Grand MWC

Water Kiosks

Bring your own container, stay 6 ft. away from others, and sanitize operation controls before/after use.

  • Tulare County: Farmersville: Free drinking water fill station available to the public. Address: Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District, 2975 N. Farmersville Blvd. Farmersville, CA 93223
  • Kings County: Hanford: Free drinking water fill station available to the public. Address: KART Transit Center, 504 W 7th St., Hanford, CA 93230

Tulare County Foodlink

Feeds the needs of hungry people by distributing donations they receive to food pantries and other agencies.

South San Joaquin Valley County Health Departments

Up-to-date information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and available resources.

Central Coast Resources

Salinas Valley Bottled Water Program

All households that depend on wells contaminated with nitrate in the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin are eligible for free delivered bottled water.

Central Coast County Health Departments

Up-to-date information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and available resources.

Central Coast Education Nutrition Services

Up-to-date information on district plans for nutrition services during closure.

Monterey County Food Bank

Food assistance programs for those in need.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County

Food assistance programs for those in need.

  • Address: 800 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville, CA 95076 Phone: (831) 722-7110 Web:

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