Water Safety and Coronavirus

Water Safety and Coronavirus

April 2, 2020

These days it’s hard to turn on the news and not see coronavirus, or COVID-19, being the top story. It’s easy to understand why—there’s a lot of information out there that all of us need to be paying attention to, for our own safety and for the safety of our communities. As a family company that prides itself on our local presence, we at Royal Water Works, Inc. take this seriously. There are stories from around the world that can make us wonder what comes next and what we need to do to maximize the safety of our loved ones, so we are happy to share some of the information on this topic that we have.

It’s easy to wonder how the virus could potentially affect the water that we all need and rely on, but fortunately there are some easy tips to keep in mind when it comes to water and coronavirus in Pisgah Forest, NC.

Is drinking water safe?

The short answer to this is, thankfully, yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a federal agency in charge of public health, has indicated that the coronavirus has not been detected in drinking water. The combination of water and coronavirus in Pisgah Forest, NC does not seem to be an issue at this time, but there are still some things to keep in mind. The CDC also clarifies that it appears that conventional water treatment methods (primarily methods of filtration and disinfection) have the capability to remove or inactivate any virus that has the potential to lead to COVID-19 in consumers.

Can COVID-19 spread through pools?

Again, the CDC has reassuring information when it comes to COVID-19 and water treatment in Pisgah Forest, NC. It’s pleased to report that there doesn’t seem to be any sign of the virus being able to survive and/or be transmitted through communal water sources like pools and hot tubs. Proper disinfecting and cleaning regimens need to of course be kept in place, but from what we know so far, it appears that the coronavirus is not able to survive in these settings.

Are sewer systems safe?

This is where things get a little trickier when it comes to water and coronavirus in Pisgah Forest, NC. The CDC is of the belief that the possibility of transmission through sewage is low, although the virus has been found in the feces of some small numbers of patients. It’s important to note that it is possible that it exists in sewage—the CDC is not sure on this point, but encourages everyone coming into contact with sewage, like wastewater and sanitation workers, to continue following any and all safety precautions for hygiene and protection.

The novel coronavirus is a unique challenge. We are trying to learn as much as we can about it while still fighting it and keeping everyone around us safe. We are pleased with the CDC’s understanding of its impact, or lack thereof, on water systems so far. While much research needs to be done, it seems at this moment in time that the virus’s impact on water is minimal. We encourage our customers to keep an eye on the CDC’s website for any further developments, and know that our team at Royal Water Works, Inc. is doing all of the appropriate research to stay up to date as well.

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