- Reclamation awards $7.5 million for communities to prepare and respond to drought
- Warm, Dry Conditions Lead to Below Average Snowpack
- State Agencies Present Framework for Voluntary Agreements to Improve Habitat and Flow in the Delta
- MWD to Update Plan for Meeting Southern California’s Future Water Needs
- Snowpack Remains Below Average According to DWR Survey
State Board Reminds Californians that Drinking Water is Safe
The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is reminding Californians that the state’s drinking water systems remove viruses including COVID-19 and therefore the water is safe to drink.
California’s comprehensive and safe drinking water standards require a multi-step treatment process that includes filtration and disinfection. This process removes and kills viruses, bacteria and other pathogens.
Having safe, reliable water service for drinking, hand washing, and surface cleaning is a critical tool in the battle against COVID-19, and 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.
All public water systems in California are routinely monitored for bacteria to ensure that water delivered to customers is free of disease-causing agents.
Additionally, COVID-19 is transmitted person to person, not through water, according to the CDC. Californians can take prevention measures such as staying home, washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces to protect themselves. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website or click here for the full statement from the SWRCB.