There’s a lot of uncertainty now as the news cycle plays catchup with the continually evolving story of the COVID-19 coronavirus across the country.
And in light of that, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released information specific to drinking water to help address your concerns.
In the guidance document, the EPA states that based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low because coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, is particularly susceptible to disinfection. The standard treatment and disinfectant processes are expected to be effective, according to the EPA
“The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low. Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.”
The EPA has established regulations with treatment requirements for public water systems that prevent waterborne pathogens - such as viruses - from contaminating drinking water and wastewater.
The EPA recommends everyone continue to use and drink tap water as usual. The World Health Organization has indicated that “there is no evidence to date that COVID-19 virus has been transmitted via sewerage systems, with or without wastewater treatment.”
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, and the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Continue to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after visiting a public place, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
For more information, go here.