With the growing concerns regarding all aspects of life with the coronavirus pandemic infiltrating our lives, General Manager Joseph B. Zoba of the Yucaipa Valley Water District assures the public that its drinking water is safe and has all the safety guards in place to keep it that way.
“In light of rising public concern over the coronaviruses disease 2019 (COVID-19), the drinking water supplied by the Yucaipa Valley Water District is clean, safe, and reliable,” states Zoba in his Director Memorandum 20-060 notice.
Zoba states, “The SARS-CoV-2 virus has no impact on the quality or supply of tap water. The use of high pressure membranes at the Yucaipa Valley Regional Water Filtration Facility and the Wochholz Regional Water Recycling Facility have been proven to be an effective additional barrier to viruses and various undesirable chemical molecules. Additionally, the Yucaipa Valley Water District uses chlorine to disinfect the water before it enters the distribution system to protect against microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungus, and other micro-organisms. This ensures safe drinking water for all our customers,” said Zoba.
The distribution system is constantly monitored by district staff to ensure there is sufficient chlorine residual and no bacteriological issues. Thousands of water quality tests are performed annually to ensure the drinking water meets rigorous drinking water standards. Analyses both on-site and samples sent to state-certified laboratories for independent validation are constantly being performed by skilled district staff.
“In addition, the Yucaipa Valley Water District has an extensive back flow prevention program where water cannot flow back into the drinking water system from properties that may pose a contamination risk,” said Zoba.
The Yucaipa Valley Water District has installed micro filtration and reverse osmosis systems that further protect drinking water and recycled water from bacteriological impacts. The recycled water supply is further protected with the use of ultraviolet disinfection and reverse osmosis membranes that are able to provide additional protections against microorganisms.
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