Public Works is responsible for routine maintenance of the majority of the Ann Arbor's above and below ground infrastructure including: the drinking water distribution system, water meters, sanitary and storm water collection systems, streets, street lights, traffic signs and signals, fiber optic lines, parks, public trees and pedestrian paths and crosswalks. Public Works also provides essential services to the City including solid waste, recycling and compost collection.
City of Ann Arbor water system staff are focused on continuing to deliver safe water to our customers for consumption and important daily hygiene. During this unprecedented public health crisis, critical services will continue such as drinking water, waste water, police, fire, emergency operations and waste and recycling pickup.
Is Ann Arbor's drinking water safe?
Yes. The City of Ann Arbor disinfects drinking water prior to delivery to customers. We utilize multiple steps in our treatment process that physically remove and chemically inactivate viruses and bacteria, including the virus that causes COVID-19. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that Americans continue to use and drink tap water as usual. The city continuously monitors and tests our water throughout the treatment process and distribution system to ensure its quality and safety.
Do I need to purchase bottled water?
No. The City of Ann Arbor will continue to deliver safe drinking water to your tap 24/7/365.
What can I do to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus?
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. Up-to-date information is available via the EPA.
Can the COVID-19 virus spread through drinking water systems?
The World Health Organization has indicated 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."
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