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KMU is continuing to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 outbreak. The association is committed to the health and safety of our members and the communities which they serve. KMU is continuing to monitor the situation and remains in consultation with organizations and officials at the federal and state levels to help member utilities with resources and assistance that could be available particularly now that COVID-19 has been officially declared a pandemic and a national health emergency.

KMU recommends understanding the potential risks to your community and knowing where to turn for accurate and reliable information to help your utilities understand the pandemic situation and adapt to an evolving health crisis. KMU is providing this COVID-19 Resources page to provide links quickly accessing important information from a variety of sources that can help utilities.
 
 
KMU, KMEA & KPP Send Letter to Congressional Delegation 

May 18, 2020: Last week, KMU, KMEA and KPP sent a letter to the Kansas Congressional delegation summarizing the municipal utility response to the COVID-19 pandemic and identifying positive steps that Congress could take to assist municipal utilities in Kansas. In particular, the letter focused on the need for direct financial aid, additional LIHEAP funding and improvements that could be made to save financing costs for municipal utilities.

A full copy of the letter is linked above.
 

 
May 5, 2020
KCC extends emergency order suspending utility disconnects until May 31

This morning, the Kansas Corporation Commission approved extending its emergency order suspending utility disconnects for nonpayment until May 31. The action, taken during a Commission business meeting, will offer continued relief to those experiencing hardship from the COVID-19 virus. The directive covers all electrical, natural gas, water and telecommunications utilities under the KCC’s jurisdiction.

The Commission’s original suspension order was issued on March 16 to expire on April 15. On April 14, Commissioners extended the order to May 15. Today’s order runs concurrently with Executive Order 20-28 issued last week by Governor Laura Kelly. The Governor’s order prohibits utilities, not under the jurisdiction of the KCC, from disconnecting customers until May 31.

“Even as the state begins the phased reopening process, Kansans continue to deal with the financial challenges brought about by COVID-19. Maintaining utility services is critical to ensure public health and safety as the state works toward recovery,” said Commission Chair Susan Duffy.

The Commission may elect to extend the suspension order in a subsequent order if conditions warrant.

Today’s order can be viewed at: http://estar.kcc.ks.gov/estar/ViewFile.aspx?Id=b6d84c9c-e3f3-487a-bbd2-95eec6d895fe

 
 

Executive Order No. 20-28, Governor Laura Kelly

Among numerous other actions, Executive Order No. 20-28 extends the moratorium on utility disconnects until May 31 or until the statewide State of Disaster Emergency expires. 


AD ASTRA: A PLAN TO REOPEN KANSAS 

Executive Order No. 20-19, Governor Laura Kelly

Executive Order #20-19 provides a 90-day extension to any license, certificate, permit or registration issued by any state agency, board, commission, division or other licensing authority for 90 days.  It shall be in effect immediately, remain in force until rescinded or until the statewide State of Disaster Emergency expires.


Executive Order No. 20-05, Governor Laura Kelly

"NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Kansas, including the authority granted me by ICS.A. 48-924 and K.S.A. 48-925, in order to mitigate the economic effects of the spread of COVID-19 I hereby direct and order that all Kansas utility providers not under the jurisdiction of the Kansas Corporation Commission temporarily suspend the practice of disconnecting service to Kansas citizens for non-payment. This directive covers all electrical, natural gas, water, and telecommunications utilities as well as internet service providers who provide services to Kansas citizens."


Executive Order No. 20-04, Governor Laura Kelly

“NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Kansas, including the authority granted me by K.S.A 48-924 and K.S.A 48-925, in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I hereby direct and order the following: 

1. Effective at 12:01 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all public or private mass gatherings, as defined below, are prohibited in the State of Kansas.

a.   The phrase "mass gathering" as used in this order means any planned or spontaneous, public or private event or convening that will bring together or is likely to bring together 50 or more people in a confined or enclosed space at the same time.

b.   This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, mass gatherings at: auditoriums, theaters, movie theaters, museums, stadiums, arenas, conference rooms, meeting halls, exhibition centers, taverns, health and fitness centers, recreation centers, and licensed pools.” 


Kansas Attorney General


Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary:  www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/.


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


Environmental Protection Agency

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):  https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus   


Kansas Department of Health and Environment

COVID-19 Resource Center:  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm


Kansas Corporation Commission


American Public Gas Association (APGA)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources:  https://www.apga.org/apgamainsite/resources/covid


American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Coronavirus (COVID-19):  https://www.awwa.org/Resources-Tools/Resource-Topics/Coronavirus 


American Public Power Association (APPA)

Current Priority: Coronavirus:  https://www.wef.org/news-hub/current-priorities/coronavirus/


Water Environment Federation

Current Priority: Coronavirus:  https://www.wef.org/news-hub/current-priorities/coronavirus/


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

COVID-19:  https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/


Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Coronavirus:  https://www.cisa.gov/coronavirus


Electric Subsector Coordinating Council


Association of State Drinking Water Administrators

“There is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus survives the disinfection process for drinking water and wastewater.  Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.”


Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)


U.S. Department of Agriculture 

 
 
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