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IWA reports on coronavirus, drinking water

By Staff | Mar 16, 2020

The availability of safe high-quality water is among the most critical aspects of public health and wellness. With growing concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus, the Island Water Association is taking the necessary steps to ensure that a safe, reliable and abundant water supply remains available to its membership.

– Is my tap water safe to drink?

You can have confidence that the water you receive from the IWA remains safe and wholesome for consumption and use. The IWA employs a Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration and disinfection process, which meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water regulations to kill or remove pathogens, including viruses. Additionally, the Center for Disease Control states on its website, “The COVID-19 virus 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.” The World Health Organization 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.”

– Is tap water safe to use for hand washing and sanitation?

The EPA recommends that Americans continue to use and drink tap water as usual. According to the CDC, washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

– Do I need to buy bottled water or store drinking water?

The EPA recommends that citizens continue to use and drink tap water as usual. There are no indications that COVID-19 is in the drinking water supply or will affect the reliable supply of water.

– Where can I get additional information?

Additional information about COVID-19 can be found at the following websites:

– Environmental Protection Agency

www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater

– Center for Disease Control

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

– Florida Department of Health

www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19