Is Coronavirus COVID-19 In My Tap Water?
As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps through the United States, Americans are concerned for their health. Following self-distancing orders and taking precautions when leaving the house has becoming the “new-normal.” While staying at home and minimizing contact with others can limit potential exposure, are there dangers in our own home that can spread Coronavirus, such as our drinking water?
No, in fact the water that is delivered to your home is safe for drinking, bathing and washing. Your municipal water district is responsible for providing a reliable and safe water supply to your home every day. It must undergo rigorous treatment and requires mandated sampling and testing. The treatment, or disinfection, of the water delivered to homes and businesses rapidly facilitates the die-off of the COVID-19 virus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, “The virus that causes COVID-19 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.”
Water agencies in Southern California continue to monitor for public health recommendations concerning coronavirus and tap water safety. The virus does not provide a threat to treated water supplies. Filtration and disinfection, such as chlorine and advance treatments ensure that viruses are killed during the treatment process. Your tap water meets or exceeds the water quality standards and should not be a concern relating to COVID-19.