Water utility American Water Works Co. Inc. informed its customers that influenza viruses, including swine flu, are effectively removed by filtration and disinfection.
This week, American Water Works Co. Inc. (a large
investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility) told its customers that
influenza viruses, including swine flu, are effectively removed by filtration
"In the United States, federal and
state drinking water regulations require filtration and disinfection of all
surface water supplies (e.g., those from lakes, reservoirs, or rivers). These
regulations specify specific treatment requirements for removal and
inactivation of viruses," reported Dr. Mark W. LeChevallier,
director of Innovation & Environmental Stewardship for American Water.
influenza viruses, including swine influenza A (H1N1), are more susceptible to
disinfection than most enteric viruses (like Poliovirus, Hepatitis A, or
Norovirus), and the influenza viruses are slightly larger and more effectively
removed by filtration, current drinking water treatment barriers provide a high
degree of protection from ‘swine flu.’ We want to reassure our customers that
they do not need to be concerned about the safety of properly treated drinking
water with respect to swine influenza A."
information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
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