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Major Water Associations Reassure Public on Safety of Tap Water During COVID-19 Outbreak

Washington, D.C. - As the global COVID-19 crisis continues to develop and reports of bottled water shortages make headlines, the National Association of Water Companies, the American Water Works Association and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies issued the following joint statement:

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, America's drinking water supplies remain a safe and affordable way to access the water needed for drinking, cooking and maintaining personal hygiene during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Americans and Canadians can and should continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual as COVID-19 is not present in drinking water supplies.  Disinfection processes like those practiced by water systems across the North America provide protection that includes filtration and disinfection of our surface water supllies and disinfection of our ground water sources.  These treatments are effective in removing and/or inactivating viruses.