It's easy these days to question the safety of every day activities and resources. And because this crisis is keeping us home, it's leading some of us to worry about the safety of a very basic resource such as drinking water. Is it safe? Who is ensuring that the COVID-19 virus doesn't contaminate my water? Should I be boiling my water?
The EPA has assembled a comprehensive FAQ to answer these and all other water-related questions as they relate to COVID-19, including the safety of wastewater & septic systems, disinfectants and indoor air safety. On the subject of drinking water, the EPA says: "EPA recommends that Americans continue to use and drink tap water as usual. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated 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.” Further, EPA’s drinking water regulations require treatment at public water systems to remove or kill pathogens, including viruses."
As far as keeping drinking water safe, the EPA says: "EPA will also continue to coordinate with our federal partners, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),and will continue to provide technical assistance and support to states, as appropriate."
Finally, if you are concerned about your drinking water, the EPA recommends: "Homeowners that receive their water from a public water utility may contact their provider to learn more about treatments being used. Treatments could include filtration and disinfectants such as chlorine that remove or kill pathogens before they reach the tap. Homeowners with private wells who are concerned about pathogens such as viruses in drinking water may consider approaches that remove bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens, including certified home treatment devices."The single best way to limit the spread of this virus is through social distancing and practicing best hygiene habits, including frequent hand washing. Please read our previous blog post to learn more.