COVID-19, Drinking Water, Wastewater & You
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) — the government groups charged with protecting the health and safety of the country — Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low. The CDC points out that 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 EPA also encourages the public to help keep household plumbing and our nation’s water infrastructure operating properly by only flushing toilet paper. Disinfecting wipes and other items should be disposed of in the trash, not the toilet.