Citing concerns by local residents regarding the water supply delivered to their homes, Rancho Water District issued a press release today addressing concerns.
“With growing concerns about the potential impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to reassure Rancho Water customers that the quality and supply of their water will not be impacted,” the statement reads. “There is currently no evidence to support that COVID-19 is transmitted through drinking water. As always, tap water is available, plentiful and safe.”
The statement goes on to explain that Rancho Water provides drinking water from a blend of groundwater wells and imported surface water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD).
“Groundwater provides a natural filtration process which facilitates the removal of contaminants such as COVID-19,” the statement reads. “MWD utilizes multiple steps in their treatment process that is sufficient to physically remove, disinfect and chemically inactivate viruses, bacteria and other living organisms.”
“Given our responsibility to deliver safe, and reliable drinking water to the Temecula Valley, Rancho Water has put additional plans in place to be able to continue supplying drinking water during a pandemic,” General Manager Jeff Armstrong said.
The district has made reductions or freezes on travel, limited participation in public meetings and events and increased disinfection processes around the office in an effort to help keep employees, vendors, and contractors safe and healthy.
The district is drafting a Pandemic Response Plan that addresses how Rancho Water will continue operations in the event of widespread staffing reductions to include cross-training employees, prioritizing critical functions and preparing their system and employees to function remotely, according to the statement.
“The spread of COVID-19 may necessitate changes in the way we interact, but it does not change what we do,” Armstrong said. “Our employees are prepared to respond and continue delivering the same high-quality tap water that we have been producing for over five decades.”
For more information, visit ranchowater.com.