NORTH CAROLINA – Amid mass shutdowns and cancellations, several cities around North Carolina are making sure residents still have water, regardless of payment, during the coronavirus health emergency.


The Mayor of Charlotte, Vi Lyles, tweeted that in response to the pandemic and until further notice, Charlotte Water plans to not disconnect customers if they are not able to pay at this time. Additionally, the city says any household that has been disconnected will be reconnected.


The City of Raleigh tweeted that they plan to do the same during this outbreak, “to ensure customers have access to clean drinking water.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to urge the public to wash their hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after being in a public place, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. They also say to try not to touch your face with unwashed hands.