20 March 2020 – President orders the immediate reinstatement of suspended water connections

Type of Intervention: Executive Order, Regulation, Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Social Services
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: President and Cabinet of Ministers

Overview: During the State of Economic, Social and Ecological Emergency due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, those persons providing water connection service who have customers with suspended and / or cut service (with exception of those who were suspended for connection or service fraud) will carry out, without charge of any kind, the immediate reinstatement and / or reconnection of the water service.
Full details here: https://dapre.presidencia.gov.co/normativa/normativa/DECRETO%20441%20DEL%2020%20DE%20MARZO%20DE%202020.pdf

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Perception of an increased threat
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – academic, National – government
Evidence/Justification: The World Health Organization declared on March 11, 2020 that the outbreak of the new coronavirus COVID-19 is a pandemic, essentially due to the speed of its spread, and therefore urged States to take urgent and determined actions for identification , confirmation, isolation, monitoring of possible cases and the treatment of confirmed cases, as well as the dissemination of preventive measures, all of which should result in the mitigation of contagion.

It is necessary to temporarily enable the immediate reinstatement and reconnection of said public household water supply service, in order to guarantee the timely supply of drinking water for the fulfillment of the purposes of the declaration of the State of Economic, Social and Ecological Emergency due to of the COVID-19 Pandemic