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COVID-19: Water Quality Unaffected • Help Protect our Sewers

Corona’s Water Quality Remains Unaffected by COVID-19. Protect our Sewer Systems. Do not flush disinfectant wipes or paper towels down the toilet.

Post Date:03/18/2020 6:00 PM

Corona’s Water Quality Remains Unaffected by COVID-19.

The Corona Department of Water and Power would like to inform the community that COVID-19 (commonly known as Coronavirus) has no impact on the quality or supply of your tap water. The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in any drinking-water supplies. As always, your tap water is available, plentiful, and safe.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established regulations with treatment requirements for public water systems that prevent waterborne pathogens such as viruses from contaminating drinking water and wastewater. COVID-19 is a type of virus that is particularly susceptible to disinfection, and standard treatment processes are expected to be effective.

Protect our Sewer Systems. Do not flush disinfectant wipes or paper towels down the toilet.

While the community is encouraged to follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations to clean surfaces with disinfecting wipes to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is important to discard those items in the trash, not the toilet.

Flushing wipes, paper towels, and similar products down toilets will clog sewers and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities. Even wipes labeled “flushable” will clog pipes and interfere with sewage collection and treatment throughout the state.

Wastewater treatment facilities around the state already are reporting issues with their sewer management collection systems. These facilities are asking state residents to not discard wipes in the toilet, but instead to throw them in the trash to avoid backups and overflow. The wipes and paper towels do not break down like toilet paper, and therefore clog systems very quickly.

Wipes are among the leading causes of sewer system backups, impacting sewer system and treatment plant pumps and treatment systems. Many spills go to our lakes, rivers, and oceans, where they have broad-ranging impacts on public health and the environment. Preventing sewer spills is important, especially during this COVID-19 emergency, for the protection of public health and the environment.

For more information, FAQs, and updates on COVID-19 in Riverside County, please visit www.RivCoph.org/Coronavirus or call 2-1-1.  

The City of Corona has also created a webpage to keep the community apprised of local actions. Residents can access the webpage at www.CoronaCA.gov/COVID-19.   

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