Along with other needless items, some Floridians are hoarding bottled water for no logical reason. Bottled water is just wasted money since your tap provides, and will continue to provide through the corona crisis, water which is likely more healthy than that from Nestle.
Plus, bottled water leaves a mess behind of ugly plastic bottles in our rivers, in our springs and along the roadsides and streets.
Plus bottled water negatively impacts our river already below minimums and further delays its restoration.
Even in the hard-hit epicenters we have not had news of power outages nor do we expect any during the current corona crisis.
Leave bottled water in the store and boycott Nestle products.
Read the complete article here in Florida Today.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum
Cornavirus in Florida: EPA says tap water safe during COVID-19 outbreak
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As shoppers clear shelves of water bottles and filters at Walmart and elsewhere, public utility, environmental and health officials assure tap water is and will remain safe to drink during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state health department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency insist the risk to drinking water is low.
“Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual,” EPA says on its website. “Coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, is a type of virus that is particularly susceptible to disinfection and standard treatment and disinfectant processes are expected to be effective.
The utility systems follow strict regulations for disinfection, Samantha Senger, spokeswoman for the city of Cocoa, said Thursday via email.
“There is nothing from the CDC, Department of Health or EPA that would suggest such a thing,” Senger said of people buying bottled water and filters because of the new virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says, “presence of the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies and based on current evidence the risk to water supplies is low.”
“Currently, there is no evidence about the survival of the COVID-19 virus in drinking-water or sewage,” WHO says in its March 3 technical guidance on water, sanitation and health care waste….