Message About COVID-19

Posted Wednesday, April 8, 2020

We are all seeing the resulting impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world. While this is a rapidly-evolving situation, we wanted to share some of the steps Skagit PUD is taking to help keep our employees, customers, partners, and communities healthy and safe.

Skagit PUD’s management team is actively tracking the coronavirus, reviewing data as conditions shift, and taking steps to prepare for potential impacts to the utility. Skagit PUD has a business continuity plan in place, and we continue to watch the situation closely. Given our responsibility to deliver clean, safe and reliable water to Skagit County residents, we are prepared to handle emergencies of this type. We are working daily with public health partners to continue monitoring.

At Skagit PUD, we are operating on facts and data, as they become available, and we are emphasizing the importance of following the guidelines and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for reducing the spread of COVID-19. This includes:

  • Closing the PUD's lobby to the public and encouraging bill payments via other channels.
  • Postponing all non-essential travel and training for staff.
  • Suspending participation in public meetings, facility tours and engagement with vendors.
  • Creating avenues for employees to work off-site as needed and operational schedule changes.

Skagit PUD would prefer that customers use a credit or debit card for payment to limit the exchange of germs during transactions. This will help ensure your safety and our staff's during the pandemic.

Skagit PUD follows drinking water regulations that have been established to prevent waterborne pathogens, such as a virus like COVID-19, from contaminating drinking water. COVID-19 is a type of virus that is particularly susceptible to chlorine disinfection and standard treatment processes.

Please visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s webpage for more information on the Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater.

Additional resources and information on water quality related to COVID-19: