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Can I Get Coronavirus From Tap Water?

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We've gotten — and answered — nearly 1,500 questions since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Here's one we've heard a lot: Can I get it from tap water?

The answer is simple: For the most part, our water is safe.

Although the coronavirus can live in drinking water and sewage, it’s not likely to come into contact with you; our systems for moving water around, treating it, and disposing of it all work very well.

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Our major public water providers say coronavirus is not present in the drinking water supply coming to your home or work. Those include the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which supplies the city of L.A., and Metropolitan Water District, which supplies imported water to much of Southern California.


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