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WRD Answers FAQs About COVID-19 & the Water Supply

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19 & THE WATER SUPPLY

SHOULD I BE WORRIED ABOUT MY HOME TAP WATER SUPPLY?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is transmitted through person-to-person contact and not through water. The CDC has also stated that the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. The Water Replenishment District has taken several measures to ensure your tap water is safe and reliable, even in times of crisis. In addition to treatment facilities like WRD’s Albert Robles Center, which produces 13 million-gallons-a-day of highly purified water; WRD operates programs like our Safe Drinking Water Program to ensure agencies and municipalities can provide safe and clean drinking water to our communities. WRD also recently completed our Water Independence Now program (WIN) to ensure a 100% reliable and drought-proof groundwater supply for the region. The EPA recommends that Americans continue to drink tap water as usual. Disinfection and standard treatment processes are especially successful at removing coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19. The EPA has firm requirements for monitoring and treating public water systems that prevent pathogens from contaminating drinking water. Rest assured that WRD, along with municipal agencies and water companies, collect tens of thousands of samples per year, and water quality must meet strict state and federal guidelines for drinking. In addition, tap water is required to be tested more frequently and stringently than bottled water.

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