CA Gov. Gavin Newsom orders moratorium on water shut-offs, restores water to households

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order Thursday, placing a moratorium on water shut-offs for nonpayment to residential homes and small businesses during the COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, pandemic.

According to a press release, more than 100 public and private California water systems had already voluntarily suspended shut-offs for their services. The order expands this to the rest of the state and restores water for residences that have had their water shut off since March 4, when Newsom first declared a state of emergency.

“Water is critical to our very lives, and in this time, it is critically important that it is available for everyone,” Newsom said in the press release.

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