Drinking Water Week Is Almost Here

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As April draws to a close, it’s time to celebrate Drinking Water Week, held the first full week in May. This year’s celebration has more urgency behind it considering the circumstances in the world right now. With all of the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s a good time to take a step back and appreciate the daily risks and sacrifices that water crews make.

It shouldn’t go unnoticed that while many types of jobs allow for working remotely, that’s not really an option for water treatment operators or water troubleshooting crews. They need to be at their posts and doing their jobs for services to continue, and they have done that while adhering to the changing directives from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

This is also a good time to get to know your drinking water. For instance, did you know BPUB is rated a superior water provider by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)? It’s an honor that BPUB is proud to have held for many years. Did you know that BPUB also has an Analytical Lab that is used to monitor many of the things within the BPUB water system? It’s an important resource that helps maintain proper water treatment.

Here are some different questions that people might have regarding drinking water and COVID-19:

Is drinking tap water safe?

Yes, drinking tap water from BPUB is safe. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends Americans continue to use and drink tap water as usual, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that COVID-19 has not been found in drinking water supplies.

Do I need to boil my drinking water?

No, boiling your water is not required. EPA’s regulations require treatment to remove or kill pathogens, including viruses like COVID-19.

Can I use tap water for handwashing?

Yes, using tap water with soap to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds is the best practice for stopping the spread of COVID-19. BPUB is safe to use for any washing or cleaning that is needed.

Watch for more information about your drinking water in the weeks ahead. BPUB will be posting information about your drinking water and tips on how to conserve throughout May, and watch out for the annual Drinking Water Quality Report to start showing up with your monthly bill.