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Your tap water during coronavirus pandemic

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Your tap water during coronavirus pandemic

A lot of people are facing uncertainty while the scope and impacts of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic become clear. In these troubling times it can be hard to find information that can reassure us. But one thing we can count on during this time is our tap water – both for drinking and for washing away germs.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that “The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those in most municipal drinking water systems, should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.” The World Health Organization adds that the “presence of the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies and based on current evidence the risk to water supplies is low.”

So if you’re among those clearing the store shelves of bottled water, you may want to save those dollars for something more urgent (toilet paper comes to mind!). You can always contact your local water utility if you have questions about your water quality. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a new Q&A that addresses questions you may have about the safety of your tap water. Among the questions answered in the Q&A are:

Is drinking tap water safe?
Is tap water safe to use for hand washing?
What should I do If I’m concerned about my drinking water?
Do I need to buy bottled water or store drinking water?

We recommend having a look and sharing this info with anyone you know who has concerns. In a time where good hygiene is so important, it’s good to know that our tap water is there when you need it, 24/7.

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