Drinking Water Protections Against COVID-19 - Officials state there is no need to stock up on surplus bottled water due to Coronavirus
Park City Water Quality experts want to remind residents that their public water supply is safe. In the case of quarantine or outbreak related to the coronavirus, public drinking water systems are designed to continuously deliver safe drinking water to your tap. Marie Owens, Director of Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Drinking Water issued the following statement, “Drinking water treatment and disinfection will safeguard residents against drinking-water-borne viral infections – including coronavirus. There is no need for residents to stock up on surplus bottled water in preparation for a potential outbreak of coronavirus.”
Following Covid Building Un-Occupancy: Bring Building Plumbing Online Ensuring High Quality Drinking Water: Return to Service Guidance
Utah Division of Drinking Water is requesting that public water systems and County Health Departments assist with getting guidance out to assist building owners, property managers, tenants, schools and residences ensure continued high quality drinking water when buildings become occupied again by following the following steps. These steps will help ensure non-stagnant water in smaller and residential buildings, and avoid potential for Legionella in large buildings including hotels.
- Ensure thorough flushing is conducted until water from the main is flushed at all taps, cold taps first and then hot taps
- Until cold water at all cold taps or chlorine residual >1 mg/L if pool type test strips available
- As needed, consult with local plumber to follow these recommended steps
More detailed residential building instructions from American Water Works Association:
- Remove or bypass devices like point-of-entry treatment units prior to flushing
- Take steps to prevent backflow or the siphoning of contaminants into plumbing (e.g., close valves separating irrigation systems from home plumbing, disconnect hoses attached to faucets, etc.)
- Organize flushing to maximize the flow of water (e.g. opening first all cold water outlets simultaneously to flush the service line and then flushing outlets individually starting near where the water enters the structure).
- Run enough water through all outlets (e.g., hose bibs, faucets, showerheads, toilets, etc.), removing aerators when possible. Typical durations in existing protocols range from 10 to 30 minutes for each outlet (duration varies based on outlet velocity).
- Flush hot water lines. Note: The hot water tank should be drained directly; it can require roughly 45 minutes to fully flush a typical 40-gallon hot water tank.
- Replace all point-of-use filters, including the filter in refrigerators.
CDC guidance for large buildings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html
- These property owners/tenants/property managers/schools need to be aware that Legionella, the bacterium that causes a type of serious lung infection known as Legionnaires’ disease, grows best in building water systems that are not well maintained. Some water systems in buildings have a higher risk for Legionella growth and spread than others.
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COMMITMENT TO QUALITY
Park City Water Department is committed to providing the highest quality drinking water and the best service to our customers.We take pride in protecting public health through our continual efforts to provide safe and reliable water to your homes and businesses.The Water Department performs hundreds of different tests on a regular basis to ensure the water you are drinking meets or is better than the standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality Division of Drinking water (DDW). Water Department staff works closely with DDW to make certain all drinking water standards are met every time you open a tap at your home or business.
Looking for Volunteers for Household Lead and Copper Sampling in 2020
Park City Municipal Water Department is committed to providing our residents the safest drinking water possible at all times. Park City's household EPA and Utah Division of Drinking Water required Lead and Copper sampling results are well below regulatory action levels. We need 30-additional volunteers to expand our testing base to continue to validate that lead is not a concern in Park City drinking water. If interested in participating in this Free Lead and Copper testing program, please fill out this survey: Lead and Copper Survey to see if your home qualifies. If your household pipes are plastic or if you have a whole house water treatment system, the home does not qualify for testing. Please call us at 435-615-5335 if you ever have questions about your drinking water quality.
Annual Water Quality Consumer Confidence Report
The Park City Water Department, as required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Utah State Division of Drinking Water (DDW), annually publishes the Water Quality Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) (Leer en Español). The CCR provides information about the sources of water and the treatment facilities that are operated by Water Department staff in addition to other EPA required information. The CCR reports the highest and lowest levels of each parameter that is detected from the sources that supply water to the distribution system. Many other parameters are tested for and if they are not detected EPA recommends against including these parameters in the CCR. The CCR also includes results for some parameters that are collected in the distribution system, such as total coliforms, chlorine residuals, disinfectant by-products, and others from within buildings, such as lead and copper.
American Water Works Association DrinkTap! - www.drinktap.org
WaterSmart Park City - https://parkcity.waterinsight.com/
US Environmental Protection Agency - http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/ccr/index.cfm
The Water Department is investing substantially to improve our current water treatment and monitoring technology. We were selected for a research grant by the Water Research Foundation, the internationally recognized leader in water research. Together, we conducted a pilot program in Fall 2013 to evaluate the most effective and cost appropriate water-line cleaning methods, emphasizing our commitment to both high-quality source and distribution system water. Utah State University’s Water Research Laboratory master’s program students collected and analyzed monthly samples in the distribution system from fall of 2012 through fall 2013. Their efforts are supplemented through state grant funding and their work supports the Water Research Foundation project. The data analysis and report findings are anticipated in Spring 2015.
HOME & BUSINESS OWNER RESPONSIBILITIES
Park City's Water Department is dedicated to delivering high quality drinking water, and it is important homeowners and businesses understand their responsibility beyond the meter. past the meter, each customer is responsible for the quality of its water. The American Water Works Association has developed videos and brochures with tips on maintaining high quality water in homes and business, as well as installing home treatment systems. For details, please visit DrinkTap.org
Certain times of the year Park City homes and businesses use very little water, especially hot water. It is important to conduct proper maintenance prior to bringing building plumbing back into service (e.g. flushing boilers/hot water heaters, unused faucets, etc.).
EPA Safewater: http://www.epa.gov/safewater
Utah Division of Drinking Water: http://www.deq.utah.gov/Compliance/monitoring/drinkingwater/index.htm
Water Research Foundation: http://www.waterrf.org/the-foundation/Pages/default.aspx