Based on current evidence, the risk to drinking water supplies is low.
Your Well Water
Currently, COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water sources.
Many soils aid in removing viruses which is great news for well owners.
There are water treatment methods such as filtration and disinfection that
should remove or inactivate COVID-19. That does not mean go out and
buy these types of water treatment systems. Buying unnecessary water
treatment can cause more harm than good.
Your Septic System
COVID-19 has been found in untreated wastewater. Researchers do not
know whether this virus can cause disease if a person is exposed to untreated wastewater. There is no evidence to date. However, the risk of
transmission of COVID-19 through properly designed and maintained
septic systems is thought to be low. Additionally, when properly installed,
your septic system is located at a distance and location designed to avoid
impacting your water well.
What You Can Do
Your best protection is making sure your well and septic systems are
maintained properly. Refer to our spring 2020 newsletter or
our information sheets for maintaining your well and septic or contact
your licensed well contractor and septic service provider for assistance.
We will continue to update you as new information becomes available.
Please check our COVID-19 resource page and social media for updates.