The worldwide effort to slow COVID-19 is having an impact not just on lives, but on businesses as well. In our ongoing effort to support the Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning industries, Southern PHC is providing coronavirus updates and helpful information that is relevant to these industries.

COVID-19 Updates

White House Essentials Update Includes Plumbing Supply Chain

The latest update by the White House to the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance now includes the entire supply chain for the plumbing industry. Other revisions broaden the scope of tradespeople considered essential by this mandate. Read more about the update.

White House Identifies Plumbers as ‘Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers’ in Guidance for Response to COVID-19

The President and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have issued a Coronavirus Guidance for America identifying plumbers and other tradespeople as “essential critical infrastructure workers” as our nation responds to the threat of COVID-19. Read more details here.

Emerging Water Technology Symposium Postponed

The 2020 Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS), which was scheduled for May 12-13 in San Antonio, have postponed the event and tentatively rescheduled it for next year, May 11-12, 2021. Co-convened biennially by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), in cooperation with the World Plumbing Council (WPC), EWTS is designed to provide a portal for the host organizations’ partners in the manufacturing, engineering and trade industries to display and demonstrate their innovative solutions to legislative and regulatory developments that often alter industry landscapes.

SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The U.S. is offering low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses severely impacted by the situation surrounding COVID-19. For more information, visit

CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers

The CDC has published guidelines for businesses on how to deal with COVID-19. This information is available at

SBA’s Small Business Guidance and Resources

The U.S. Small Business Association offers COVID-19 guidance, financial and legal resources, information regarding exporting and government contracting, and more. Access their resources at