PRESS RELEASE: Texas Water Supplies Are Safe; Don't Flush Disinfectant Wipes
AUSTIN, Texas (March 21, 2020) – The safety of the state’s water supply and the health of water users across the state is of utmost importance to the Texas Water Conservation Association (TWCA) and its members, who provide safe drinking water to millions of Texans every day. Despite quarantine protocols altering other parts of our lives to minimize risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus, the delivery of safe drinking water is not in jeopardy.
According to the CDC, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. The virus is highly susceptible to conventional water treatment and disinfection methods such as those in most municipal drinking water systems. Tap water is also important for handwashing, which is encouraged as one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Water and wastewater operators across the state are working around the clock to continue to supply treated water or wastewater services to homes and businesses. There are no delays or restrictions related to regular water and wastewater service. For this reason, it is unnecessary to stockpile bottled water. Shortages of bottled water can be completely avoided by citizens using the safe drinking water being delivered right to their homes.
TWCA also reminds people to never flush disinfectant wipes and paper towels down the toilet, as these items clog drains, back up sewers, and cause overflows at sewage treatment plants.
We recommend you monitor updates with your state and local media outlets or contact your water provider with any concerns. For the latest from the CDC on COVID-19 and water transmission, visit Water Transmission and COVID-19.
TWCA is a nonprofit association of water professionals and organizations in the state of Texas. Its members provide water and wastewater services to a vast majority of Texans and include river authorities, municipalities, drainage and irrigation districts, water and utility districts, all kinds of water users, and general/environmental water interests. Its mission is to promote sound water policy for Texas through education, advocacy, and consensus-building.