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Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater

Source: Drinking Water and Wastewater

A: It is recommended that people continue to use and drink tap water as usual. Drinking water guidelines require treatment at public water systems to remove or kill pathogens, including viruses.

A: There is no evidence to date that the COVID-19 virus has been transmitted via sewerage systems, with or without wastewater treatment.

A: While decentralized wastewater treatment (i.e., septic tanks) do not disinfect, it is expected that a properly managed septic system will be able to treat COVID-19 the same way it safely manages the other viruses often found in wastewater. Additionally, when properly installed, a septic system is located at a distance and location designed to avoid impacting a water supply well.

A: It is recommended that people continue to use and drink tap water as usual. At this time, there are no indications that COVID-19 is in the drinking water supply or will affect the reliable supply of water

A: Yes, wastewater treatment plants treat viruses and other pathogens. COVID-19 is a type of virus that is particularly susceptible to disinfection. Standard treatment and disinfection processes at wastewater treatment plants are expected to be effective.

A: Boiling your water is not required as a precaution against COVID-19.