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No. The website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that conventional water-treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those used to treat water in Chesterfield, should inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.
Yes. Chesterfield County Utilities Department follows current treatment regulations, water-quality standards, and design standards for drinking-water treatment systems. These standards address viruses and microbial pathogens inactivation and removal, including viruses such as COVID-19.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also recommends that individuals continue to drink and use tap water as usual. 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.” Additionally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 is mainly thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another and that COVID-19 is not spread through drinking water.
No. Boiling your drinking water is not required as a precaution against COVID-19.
Yes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends the continued use of tap water. According to the Centers for Disease Control, washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.
No. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that individuals continue to drink and use tap water as usual. At this time, there are no indications that COVID-19 is detected in drinking-water sources.
Established treatment techniques inactivate, kill or remove pathogens like viruses and bacteria. The treatment techniques involve routine sampling of directly measurable parameters, including disinfectant residual, temperature, pH, and turbidity. Routine and ongoing sampling is performed by Chesterfield County’s certified drinking-water laboratory. Laboratory testing continues to demonstrate that the treatment of water in Chesterfield County remains effective to address pathogens including viruses.
If you have any concerns about water quality in your home, contact Chesterfield County’s Water Quality Assurance Coordinator at 804-744-1360.