Is Your Water Going to be Affected by the Coronavirus?

March 19, 2020
Water supply not impacted by coronavirus

The quick and short answer to this is no.

In the midst of the dramatic upheavals going on around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that the coronavirus, as it relates to water and wastewater, has not been detected in American water supplies and does not pose a significant threat to our drinking water. In summary, it is still safe to drink and use tap water from safe sources.

According to EPA’s website, the agency “has established regulations with treatment requirements for public water systems that prevent waterborne pathogens such as viruses from contaminating drinking water and wastewater. Coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, is a type of virus that is particularly susceptible to disinfection and standard treatment and disinfectant processes are expected to be effective.”

It is important to remember that since it emerged last December in Wuhan, China, the virus has been transmitted mainly from person-to-person, and does not appear to be waterborne in any way. Other official bodies such as the World Health Organization have stated that based on available evidence, the risk to water supplies is low.

Stay safe, and stay home!


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