Is My Water Safe to Drink? Absolutely!
HCWA customers can have the peace of mind knowing their drinking water is safe to drink, even during the pandemic, since public drinking water has been found to not serve as a source of Coronavirus or COVID-19.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), conventional water treatment like that of the HCWA uses filtration and disinfection that removes or inactivates the virus that causes COVID-19. In addition, the World Health Organization adds that the presence of the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water supplies.
The HCWA uses the disinfectants chlorine and chlorine dioxide during water treatment, in addition to filtering, before distributing finished drinking water to its customers. The disinfection and filtration processes are controlled and monitored continuously at the water quality laboratories of the Towaliga and Tussahaw Water Treatment Plants, to ensure that Authority customers are receiving the highest quality drinking water possible.
In addition, HCWA sewer customers can rest assured that there is no evidence that sewer or the wastewater conveyance and treatment processes are sources for the Coronavirus. HCWA Water Reclamation Facilities treat and then disinfect wastewater using chlorine. This Coronavirus causing COVID-19 is particularly susceptible to chlorine.
Evidence of HCWA water quality, including details of laboratory test results of water samples taken throughout the system to explain “what is in your drinking water and why,” is provided in the annual Water Quality Report, or Consumer Confidence Report, available within the "About Us" section of this website (www.hcwa.com).
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Barry Brand (far left), HCWA Operations Supervisory of Water Production at the Tussahaw Water Treatment Plant, demonstrates laboratory tests that assure the utility's drinking water is clean and safe to drink, even during the pandemic, while meeting or exceeding all regulatory standards for water quality.
Chris Wood, Ph.D.