Drinking Water and COVID-19
Together in partnership with public water systems, the Drinking Water Protection Section at Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will continue working to ensure the delivery of safe and sufficient drinking water to all Minnesotans throughout the COVID-19 response.
This website provides information and resources about COVID-19 as it relates to drinking water. This website will be updated as more information becomes available.
Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) has created an online survey for our private sector partners involved in critical infrastructure. The results of this survey will help HSEM understand the current state of the private sector in Minnesota and inform HSEM and state leadership interactions with the private sector during this unprecedented time.
How are MDH and public water systems protecting drinking water during COVID-19?
MDH is actively working 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. While we have taken steps to reduce exposure for staff and public water systems, we remain 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?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water supplies and the current risk to drinking water is low.
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:
- EPA: Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Water Transmission and COVID-19
How does the Executive Order to stay at home affect drinking water?
Under Executive Order 20-20 Directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home, provision of safe drinking water is recognized as a necessary service to ensure the health, safety, and security of all Minnesotans. Employees involved in providing and maintaining safe drinking water are recognized as essential members of the workforce.
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.