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Jesse Bartell from East Setauket asked:

"Does the COVID-19 virus impact drinking water quality?"

Tom Schneider, SCWA Laboratory Manager responded:

“No. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is transmitted through person-to-person contact and not through water.  Airborne viruses are not a threat to groundwater. But even if COVID-19 happened to be a waterborne virus, SCWA adds a trace amount of chlorine to the water supply to prevent the growth of pathogens."


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