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City will continue to provide a safe and highly reliable water supply during pandemic 

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–In light of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Paso Robles city officials reassure the public that the community water supply will remain safe and reliable.

“From a water treatment standpoint, there is nothing unique about coronavirus,” says Christopher Alakel, Paso Robles Water Resources Manager. “The city’s water treatment processes comply with all state drinking water rules and regulations to protect against viruses, bacteria, and other harmful constituents.”

“The City’s Water Department will continue to provide a safe and highly reliable water supply to residents throughout this challenging time,” Alakel says. “Water service will continue to operate normally.”

The minimum pathogen removal requirements for bacteria and virus are established in California’s Surface Water Treatment Rule (SWTR). This rule requires that pathogen removal be achieved by employing multiple barriers of protection. The city’s multiple barriers include both advanced hollow-fiber membrane technology and chemical disinfection, he said.

Public Works Director Dick McKinley added, “People should use good housekeeping habits around faucets and sinks to help protect themselves from exposure to viruses. The city’s water supply is safe.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recently issued guidance for preparing households for COVID-19.


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