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Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 and Water Supply

  • Can the COVID-19 coronavirus get into my water?

The novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, does not present a threat to our water supplies. Ongoing 
monitoring demonstrates that our water meets or surpasses all federal and state drinking water 
standards and regulations. COVID-19 is transmitted person-to-person, not through water, according 
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Can The Kinneloa Irrigation District continue delivering water if COVID-19 spreads?

The KID's system of wells, reservoirs, pump statlons and water treatment plants includes multiple layers of redundancy to ensure continued reliable and safe deliveries of water. Furthermore, the KID has 
agreements with other water agencies for emergency response and business continuity to guide 
operations, including responding to pandemic outbreaks.

  • So why are people stockpiling bottled water?

General emergency preparedness encourages a two-week supply of bottled water in the event of a 
supply disruption. While other emergencies may necessitate backup water sources, water supplies are 
not a concern in this particular situation.

  • Where can I learn more about COVID-19 and water?

EPA: “Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.”  
https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater

CDC: “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.”
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html