COVID-19: Your Water is Safe

Your tap water is safe from coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The safeguards we have always taken to protect water quality are effective to keep it safe from viruses, including COVID-19.

While you may be stocking up on emergency supplies in case you need to stay home, please know that you do not need to worry about your tap water. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

We are also taking steps to keep our customers and employees safe. In addition to encouraging frequent and thorough hand-washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and avoiding close contact with others, we are taking steps to prevent any disruption in our service.

To minimize personal contact, we have closed our Customer Center lobby until further notice, but we are still here to serve you. If you need to make a payment, you may do so online, or see other ways to pay your bill. We are also available to assist you personally. If you need assistance during business hours, please contact us by phone, email, or through our Contact Us page.

If you are having difficulty paying your water bill, please contact us. We offer payment arrangements and extensions to help. Additionally, we have temporarily suspended collections activities and shutoffs on residential service connections for non-payment, and restored service to accounts previously disconnected for nonpayment.

Ensure good water quality when you reopen your business

If you are preparing to reopen a business where there’s been little to no water use, please thoroughly flush water from the taps before using it. This precaution is necessary because prolonged stagnation of water in building pipes can impair water quality.

To flush properly, start from the faucet closest to the water meter and move outward toward the farthest faucet. If your faucet has both cold and hot water handles, run the cold water first, then the hot water.

For more information, visit the CDC’s page on reopening your business.

Having safe, reliable water service for drinking, hand washing, and surface cleaning is a critical tool in the battle against COVID-19, and we want to do everything we can to keep our customers and communities healthy and safe.

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What About Wastewater?

According to the CDC, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can survive in wastewater, as the regular treatment methods used in the wastewater treatment process also are effective at inactivating the virus. To have proper disinfection, our wastewater treatment operators ensure optimal contact time for chemical disinfection.

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