Utilities COVID-19 Water & Sewer Update

Pasco County Utilities COVID-19 Water & Wastewater Updates

(March 24, 2020)

The Truth About Flushable Wipes

Wipes Clog Pipes graphic with exact words stacked to look like a tilted wipes container.Often advertised as biodegradable, flushable wipes do not actually break down like toilet paper. The fact is wipes do not disintegrate.

Baby wipes, paper towels, cleaning wipes, disinfection wipes, and wipes in general cling to the interior walls of a pipe. Build-up can often lead to disastrous results for homes and neighborhoods.

Pasco County Sanitary Sewer Collection System is a network of sewer lines, manholes, pumping stations, and other structures used to collect wastewater and transport it to a treatment plant. Keeping a shared sewer system clear of wipes is everyone’s responsibility. Let’s all do our part. Learn more about wipes and pipes at: bit.ly/wipesandpipes

What You Need to Know About Coronavirus and Pasco County
Utilities’ Water and Wastewater Operations.

(March 17, 2020)

Drinking Water

  • Water from your tap remains safe to drink and use. According the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies and based on current evidence the risk to water supplies is low. View these water facts and more on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website.
  • Pasco County Utilities’ water supply meets or exceeds all EPA regulations for the treatment requirements for public water systems that prevent waterborne pathogens such as viruses from contaminating drinking water. These treatment requirements include filtration and disinfectants that remove or kill pathogens before they reach the tap.
  • Boiling your water is not required as a precaution against COVID-19.
  • You may continue to use potable water to wash your hands and for consumption. According to the CDC, washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. Stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 information, including safety precautions, by visiting the CDC website.
  • It is not required to purchase bottled water and can be treated as a preference instead of a necessity. Unlike a hurricane event, water from the tap will remain accessible and it is up to the customer if they feel the need to purchase bottled water for other purposes. Residents can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.

Wastewater/Sewer

  • Wastewater treatment plants treat viruses and other pathogens. COVID-19 is a type of virus, susceptible to disinfection. Standard treatment and disinfectant processes at wastewater treatment plants are expected to be effective.
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