Casitas MWD Emergency Response to Covid-19
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT:
Saturday, March 21 2020 Kelley Dyer
Assistant General Manager
Casitas Municipal Water District
Emergency Response to COVID-19 Outbreak
Tap Water Remains Safe to Drink
Emergency Declaration Provides Relief to Customers
Oak View, CA – Today, during a special meeting of the Casitas Municipal Water District’s (Casitas MWD) Board of Directors, the Board declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus outbreak, commonly referred to as COVID-19. The emergency declaration has already taken immediate effect, triggering a suite of actions designed to provide relief to District customers during this public health emergency.
Relief actions include:
- A suspension of all water service shutoffs for non-payment until further notice.
- Waiving all billing delinquency fees and penalties for the billing periods of February, March and April 2020.
- A suspension of all conservation penalties for not adhering to the Stage 3 drought allocation limits for the billing periods of February, March and April 2020.
“Today’s emergency declaration is a reflection of the Board’s commitment to the health and safety of our customers and our community,” said Mike Flood, General Manager for the Casitas Municipal Water District. “As we all grapple with the impacts of this unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak, our customers can rest assured that their water is safe and reliable. We all have enough to worry about right now – it is our hope that these relief actions will provide our customers with some peace of mind in relation to their water service.”
While the District is providing some financial relief to customers, the Stage 3 drought condition remains in place and continued conservation is important to sustain water supplies into the future.
In addition to the abovementioned relief actions, the emergency declaration authorizes the following actions designed to protect both the public and District employees:
- The use of District Emergency Reserve funds up to a sum total of $250,000 to meet the District’s needs during this state of emergency.
- Provides the General Manager or designee the sole discretion to adjust district staffing levels in order to meet needs.
- Mandates that the General Manager or designee is to coordinate, schedule and conduct at least one Special Board Meeting per seven-day period.
- The cancellation of all standing Board of Directors and Committee meetings throughout the duration of the Casitas-declared emergency.
- Provides the General Manager or designee the authority to make decisions as to the ongoing operation of the Lake Casitas Recreation Area.
- Mandates that the General Manager or designee take into account the ongoing needs of the Lake Casitas Recreation Area Camp Hosts and long-term wintertime camping guests.
During this Casitas-declared emergency, all special board meetings will be broadcast online, with opportunities for members of the public to participate by phone. Please visit www.casitaswater.org for updates to Casitas MWD public meeting schedules.
For more information regarding the COVID-19 virus, please visit the Ventura County Department Public Health’s website at: https://www.ventura.org/covid19/.