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Press Release March 20, 2020

YOUR TAP WATER IS SAFE TO DRINK: 

Green Valley Special Utility District Reassures Customers     During This Time of COVID-19 Concerns

Marion, TX -- Green Valley Special Utility District (GVSUD) is reminding its customers their drinking water supply is completely safe for consumption as always. 

All water treatment plants are regulated by state and federal regulatory agencies such as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  All water treatment plants must adhere to stringent and established regulations that govern how the water is treated, to ensure it is safe to drink.   According to Pat Allen, General Manager of Green Valley SUD, “These standards of treatment prevent waterborne pathogens such as viruses from contaminating drinking water. Disinfection treatment processes already in place will result in more rapid die-off of the COVID-19 virus.” 

Allen added, “It is refreshing in this time of uncertainty and disruption of our regular routines and norms to know you can still count on safe drinking water coming out of your tap.  Green Valley remains committed to ensuring our customers have safe and quality drinking water.”

The EPA is focused on protecting the health and safety of Americans.  Copy on its website states the ‘EPA is providing important information about COVID-19 as it relates to drinking water and wastewater to provide clarity to the public.  Based on current evidence to water supplies is low.  Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.’

The EPA, along with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) continually update their websites regarding COVID-19 and the virus has not been detected in any drinking water supplies.    

In addition, 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.’1  Additionally, according to the CDC, COVID-19 is mainly thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another.

The Green Valley Special Utility District (GVSUD) was formed in Marion, Texas in 1963 to establish a safe and reliable water source for rural families in parts of Guadalupe, Bexar and Comal Counties.  Fifty-seven years later, GVSUD remains fully committed to providing safe, high-quality water services to its customers.  

1 World Health Organization. 2020. Technical Brief. Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for the COVID-19 virus. March.

Website: https://www.who.int/publications-detail/water-sanitation-hygiene-and-waste-management-for-covid-19. Reference number: WHO/2019-NcOV/IPC_WASH/2020.1