Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency

As COVID-19 infections spread, some people have inquired about the safety of their water supply. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no evidence that COVID-19 virus survives in drinking water. The United States Environmental Protection Agency states that “Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual”. The Centers for Disease Control note that COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water.
At CLCJAWA, virus removal is calculated daily to assure a minimum removal of 99.99%. In fact, CLCJAWA achieves this regulation at all times, typically more than 25 times better. This is before treatment with two additional pathogen barriers including ozone and ultraviolet light (UV). There is no other water plant on Lake Michigan or the midwest that employs more water treatment technology, and only a handful in the United States. Lake Michigan tap water from CLCJAWA is ozone purified, carbon filtered, UV treated, and chlorine disinfected. To verify water quality, automated instrumentation is used continuously and organism removal is verified daily in our certified laboratory.