Drinking Water and COVID-19
Though the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated changes in how we do our work, the Drinking Water Protection (DWP) program at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has sustained its work to keep drinking water safe for everyone, everywhere in Minnesota, in partnership with 6,724 public water systems (PWSs) across the state.
We have continued to seek out and implement the most effective ways to help provide safe drinking water while following social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions. You can find DWP’s ongoing operations and new activities on page 8 of the Minnesota Drinking Water Annual Report for 2019.
2020 COVID-19 Water Sector Survey Report
EPA has released the results of the 2020 COVID-19 Water Sector Survey. The results highlight the resilience of the water sector in continuing to deliver safe and reliable water services, despite the challenges presented by the pandemic. The report also underscores the critical need to invest in the nation’s aging infrastructure and workforce, and challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The results describe shortages and supply chain disruptions, heightened water workforce staffing shortages, financial effects, operational difficulties, and steps taken to ensure continuity of service. For more detailed information visit: EPA 2020 COVID-19 Water Sector Survey Summary Report.
How are MDH and Public Water Systems Protecting Drinking
Water during COVID-19?
MDH continues to work with Minnesota’s public water systems to help them implement their contingency plans that keep their systems up and running during emergencies.
MDH Drinking Water Protection staff remain available to assist public water systems. We have taken steps to reduce exposure for staff and public water systems. We are dedicated to working with public water systems in providing safe and sufficient drinking water for everyone, everywhere in Minnesota.
Is tap water safe to drink?
COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water supplies. There is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus survives the disinfection process for drinking water.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that Americans continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual. For more information, visit the following websites:
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Water Transmission and COVID-19
- Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA): Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and State Responses
For more information
Public water systems can visit Public Water Systems and COVID-19 for information and updates about COVID-19 related to drinking water utilities.
Visit Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for MDH information and guidance about COVID-19 in Minnesota.