COCOA UTILITIES DEPARTMENT: Risk to Water Supplies Low During Coronavirus Pandemic
By Space Coast Daily // April 13, 2020
COVID-19 particularly susceptible to disinfection and standard treatment
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies and based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low, according to the Cocoa Utilities Department.
Residents can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.
The Environmental Protection Agency has established regulations with treatment requirements for public water systems that prevent waterborne pathogens such as viruses from contaminating drinking water and wastewater.
“Coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, is a type of virus that is particularly susceptible to disinfection and standard treatment and disinfectant processes are expected to be effective,” the City of Cocoa said in a release.
“We are carefully monitoring the state and national advisories regarding COVID-19. While we work to ensure our customers maintain access to a reliable and safe water supply, we are also taking precautionary steps to protect the health of our employees and customers.”
The Cocoa Utilities Department encourages the public to help keep household plumbing and our nation’s water infrastructure operating properly by only flushing toilet paper.
Disinfecting wipes and other items should be disposed of in the trash, not the toilet.
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