Canton Village Water and Sewer Department assures residents of water safety during pandemic
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 5:42 pm

CANTON -- The Canton Village Water and Sewer Department issued a statement Tuesday, March 24 assuring village residents that they could continue to safely use municipal tap water during the current pandemic crisis.

“We understand that this is a stressful time for the community and for the households that we serve. Please know that we will be here for you throughout this entire event and are committed to taking all steps necessary to maintain safe, reliable water service,” the department said.

Canton’s drinking water comes completely from underground sources. All water is disinfected prior to distribution, the department said. No above ground sources are used.

The department is advising village residents of the following points:

• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that Americans continue to use and drink tap water as usual.

• COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water supplies.

• According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “Conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those in most municipal drinking water systems, should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.”

The World Health Organization adds 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.”

• Handwashing using tap water is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19. CDC and other health organizations recommend frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds each time.

• Remember that your toilet should not be used as a trash can. Do not treat other items like toilet paper. Please so not flush paper towels, “flushable” wipes, napkins, tampons, cotton balls, dental floss or other substances. Flushing non-biodegradable items can result in backups and overflows.

“We are well prepared to continue to providing water and sewer service throughout this pandemic. We have staff and infrastructure in place to maintain water and sewer service around the clock to help keep families healthy, clean and hydrated,” the department said. “Our staff has been split up and reduced to maintain service and also keep safe distances to prevent the spread.

The statement was signed by Mark Basford, Jared Murray, Brandon Wood and David Ragan from the Canton Village Water and Sewer Department.