Concern about the coronavirus causing COVID-19 is understandable and appropriate. The question on some people's minds might be whether the COVID-19 virus spreads through drinking water. Greeley's drinking water is safe; continue to use and drink water from the tap as usual.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and American Water Works Association (AWWA), "COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water".
Current, standard drinking water treatment methods assure a complete disinfection process, with no threat of drinking water becoming a source of the virus. In addition, our wastewater recovery process uses an ultraviolet light disinfection system to assure the destruction of viruses before water is returned to the Poudre River. Greeley's treatment plants are designed to stop waterborne pathogens, like viruses, from contaminating drinking water and wastewater. The City monitors water quality 24/7 at our treatment plants.
The health and safety of our citizens of this community is our primary concern.
The City of Greeley is actively monitoring the rapidly evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Given that one of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illness is to limit contact, the City is strongly encouraging customers to begin paying water bills online to avoid unnecessary person to person contact. Please pay your bill online at: greeleygov.com/utilitybilling.
With the concern over the spread of COVID-19, there is increased use of disinfecting hand wipes. We've also been hearing that people are flushing other items if they aren't able to access toilet paper. Even if a product claims to be “flushable,” it can cause problems in wastewater systems. Remember only flush the 3 P’s (toilet paper, pee & poop). Toss those wipes and other items in the trash.
The City of Greeley and its partners are closely monitoring the situation. To get more information and updates from the City on COVID-19 at greeleygov.com/covid-19.