Drinking water supplied by TasWater is safe to drink. Disinfection processes for drinking water are designed and operated to manage pathogens, such as viruses. Conventional disinfection applied to inactivate the most resistant viruses will also inactivate COVID-19. No additional treatment is required and there is no evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 virus is transmitted through drinking water. The safety of drinking water supplied to Tasmanians by TasWater is regulated by the Department of Health under a comprehensive legislative framework to ensure a consistent, reliable supply of safe, good quality drinking water.
Where a reticulated drinking water supply is available, this is the best and safest option. There is no need to buy bottled water. Water supply is an essential service and TasWater will continue to work with the Department to ensure that safe drinking water is delivered to your home at all times. Should the quality of your water change, then you will be advised about any restrictions on the safe use of your water. This is unlikely to occur and if it does, then it would not be COVID-19 related.
For more information see the Water Research Australia fact sheet for COVID-19.
Public drinking water fountains and bottle fill stations
Public drinking water supplies are safe to drink, however the surfaces around the fountain including the spout, button/leaver and nozzles could pose a risk for the transmission of COVID-19 and other germs.
- Don’t place your mouth on the spout of the fountain or allow your water bottle to come into contact with the nozzle when refilling.
- Test the water flow and let the water flow for 10 seconds to allow for fresh, clean water to come through prior to drinking.
- If the fountain requires you to push a button or lever, clean the surface before and after, or use your elbow.
- Clean your hands afterwards with an alcohol-based rub or wash them with soap and water.
The Department of Health will advise asset owners and managers carry out more frequent cleaning of drinking water fountains.