Jessica Cejnar / Monday, March 23 @ 11:24 a.m. / Emergencies, Infrastructure, Tribes

Yurok Public Utilities Suspends Water Billing, Collection, Disconnection During Pandemic

The Yurok Tribe Public Water Systems and the Yurok Tribe has suspended billing, collection and disconnection of its water service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Mike Searcy, public water systems superintendent, Thursday:

The Yurok Tribe Public Water Systems remaino perational during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our staff has been able to keep all 6 Public Water Systems compliant with EPA regulations and the looming shelter-in-place order for Humboldt County should not affect that.

According to the CDC, the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Disinfection of water used at our water treatment plants should inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. The YPUD will continue to serve our customers with clean potable water.

During this crisis period, the YPUD and the Yurok Tribe will suspend all billing, collection and disconnection activities related to water use. YPUD will continue to read meters and monitor use, but unless there is an issue threatening the community's water, YPUD will not enforce penalties or take any action.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Searcy at (530) 625-4130 ext. 1625.


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