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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.”

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.”