2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Environmental Health and Drinking Water Information
For up to date information on the Coronavirus efforts being conducted in Connecticut and all other general information, please visit Governor Lamont's website.
*** Frequently Asked Questions
*** Reopen Connecticut: Environmental Health & Drinking Water Guidance
- Important Information for Non-Community PWS During the COVID-19 Crisis
- Updated Public Water Screening Form
- Important Information for Community PWS During the COVID-19 Crisis
Restaurants, Bars and Food Safety:
- Guidance for Food Establishments During COVID-19 Emergency
- Guidance on Food Safety Issues During COVID-19 Situation
- FDA’s Temporary Revised Requirements for Shell Egg Packaging and Labeling Due to COVID-19
- COVID-19 Related Guidance from the CT Departments of Agriculture and Education
Beaches, Campgrounds and Public Pools:
General Environmental Health Information
- COVID-19: Routine Cleaning for Offices and Schools
- Guidance on Ventilation Systems
- Virus Survival Time on Surfaces
- Guidance on Handling Mail
- Coronavirus Disease Advice for the Public: Myth Busters, World Health Organization
- Public Health Statement on COVID-19 Exposure from Reusable Plastic Bags and Other Objects and Surfaces in Public Spaces
Public Drinking Water
- What you need to know about Drinking Water: Currently, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus survives the disinfection process for drinking water. Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.
- EPA recommends that Americans continue to use and drink tap water as usual. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the, “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.”
- Using bottled water or boiling your tap drinking water is not required as a precaution against COVID-19.
- Resource: World Health Organization. 2020. Technical Brief. Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for the COVID-19 virus. March. Website: https://www.who.int/publications-detail/water-sanitation-hygiene-and-waste-management-for-covid-19. Reference number: WHO/2019-NcOV/IPC_WASH/2020.1
Guidance for food establishments and local health departments, including food safety practices and executive orders from the Governor can be found in the circular letters above.
- US Dept of Health and Human Services, Temporary Policy Regarding Packaging and Labeling of Shell Eggs Sold by Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
- COVID-19 Guidance for Connecticut Farmer's Markets
- Updated Guidance for the Direct Marketing of Shellfish by Licensed Shellstock Shippers During COVID-19, CT Dept of Agriculture
- Guidance for the Direct Sales of Shellfish by Licensed Shellstock Shippers During COVID-19, CT Dept of Agriculture
- COVID-19 Considerations for Distribution of Emergency Meals and Educational Materials/Supplies, CT Dept of Education
Information on COVID-19 for Wastewater and Sewage Professionals:
- Guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states there is no evidence to suggest that additional COVID-19 specific protections are needed for employees in wastewater management operations, and OSHA encourages workers follow routine practices to prevent exposure to wastewater.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that the risk of transmission of COVID-19 from the feces of an infected person is expected to be low based on data from previous outbreaks…workers should use standard practices of basic hygiene precautions (e.g. handwashing) and wear personal protective equipment as prescribed for specific work tasks.