Our Water Supply and COVID-19: Safe to Drink

As the country – and the world – reels from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some in our community have stocked up on bottled water, questioning whether our water supply will remain safe as the virus spreads.

“Hartselle Utilities gets our water from Decatur Utilities,” says Hartselle Utilities General Manager Bob Sittason. “Decatur Utilities’ treatment process removes or inactivates viruses, and COVID-19 has no impact on the quality or safety of our drinking water.”

“To the best of our control,” Sittason continues, “none of our services, including water and wastewater, will be interrupted.”

According to the CDC, the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those used by Decatur Utilities, should remove and/or inactive the virus that causes COVID-19.

Our drinking water is completely safe, and meets or exceeds all state and federal regulatory standards, Sittason assures customers.

In fact, water from Decatur Utilities Water Treatment Plant has been recognized as optimized by the Drinking Water Branch of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Safe Drinking Water Program for the past five years.

The Decatur Utilities Water Treatment Plant receives water from the Tennessee River, and treats an average of 27 million gallons a day. The plant is staffed with certified operators, and at least two are on duty at all times – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

A copy of our annual Water Quality report is available here.