Risk is very low and water is chlorinated

The COVID-19 virus that causes coronavirus is not in drinking water supplies and the threat to water supplies is low, the West Kern Water District said in a letter to reassure its customers.

"The COVID-119 virus has not been detected in drinking water supplies and and based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low," the letter said. "Conventional water treatment methods, such as chlorination, are effective in inactivating COVID-19."

The WKWD's water system is monitored by the state and the District also permitted to chlorinate its water.
The District frequently samples its water and has it tested for the presence of microbial indicators that could potentially impact water quality, the letter said.

"We continue to meet all stringent state and federal drinking water requirements and want to assure you the District is committed to taking every precaution to ensure COVID-19 has no impact on the quality or supply of your water," said the letter by General Manager Greg Hammett.

Still, as a precaution against person-to-person transmission, customers are encouraged to pay their bills online, by phone or use a drop-off box near the front entrance to the office at 800 Kern St.