Is drinking tap water safe?
EPA recommends that Americans continue to use and drink tap water as usual. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the, “presence of the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies and based on current evidence the risk to water supplies is low.” Additionally, according to the CDC, COVID-19 is mainly thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another. Read more from the CDC about transmission of COVID-19. Further, EPA’s drinking water regulations require treatment at public water systems to remove or kill pathogens, including viruses.
CO-HELP is Colorado’s call line for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). People who have general questions about COVID-19 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, for answers in many languages, or email them at COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English or visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus for up-to-the-date statewide guidance. Local public health officials are also posting guidance based on their assessment of local conditions.
Did you know?
1. Toilets account for nearly 30% of water used by a typical single-family home.
2. In United States, 50 to 70% of residential water is used for landscaping, most of it to water lawns.
3. Water shortage effects not only state budgets and water bills but also job markets, crop production, and fire risk.
4. Water for non-essential purposes (washing driveways, etc.) is a waste of our valuable resource.
5. Customers are requested to voluntarily limit irrigation of landscaped areas to two days per week and asked to not let a hose run.
Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes:
1. Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.
2. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing, especially if your sinks are on an exterior wall. (If you have small children, be sure to remove any harmful cleaners and household chemicals.)
3. Let the cold water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing.
4. Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during day and night. Again, during a cold snap is not the time to set back the thermostat at night to save a few bucks on your heating bill.
5. If you plan to be away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
6. For the long term, add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in those areas. And to prevent drafts, seal cracks and openings around windows, doors, and at sill plates, where the house rests on its foundation.
7. Make sure sprinklers are turned off and drained.
8. Please, do not remove meter pit lid covers.