March 18, 2020
New York City’s water remains safe to drink. Our scientists, engineers, and experts continue to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure a reliable supply of the highest quality drinking water for you and your family.
COVID-19 cannot be spread through New York City’s public water supply because it is not a waterborne illness. In addition, we treat our water supply with a low level of chlorine and UV light to neutralize bacteria and viruses, making them incapable of infecting people.
New York City tap water is key to protecting public health because good hygiene is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of disease. Please continue to wash your hands and be sure to keep yourself and loved ones hydrated.