The City of Napoleon recently shared information from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and World Health Organization (WHO) on the safety of public drinking water systems.

It has been reported there have been no cases of COVID-19 being transmitted through drinking water supplies. This is because the virus is enveloped with a fragile outer membrane, which is more susceptible to oxidants such as chlorine.

The virus has not been detected in drinking water supplies and, based on current evidence, the rise to water supplies is extremely low.

The Napoleon water treatment plant staff is operating on a revised isolated schedule to limit exposure from operator to operator. This allows the continued treatment of water while meeting the EAP requirements for sampling and minimum staffing for safe drinking water.

The city plant also has multiple barriers for virus inactivation, including the use of chlorine, ultraviolet reactors and reverse osmosis membrane filtration before being distributed to systems. It was reported efforts have been taken to reach out to critical suppliers and vendors to ensure the necessary chemicals and supplies remain in place.

The City of Napoleon also recently announced:

•The basketball hoops at the parks have been taken down to help people adhere to physical distancing recommendations given by the Ohio Department of Health.

•The golf course will remain closed until April 6, and it was noted this closure will likely be extended. Golf courses have been deemed non-essential per the governor’s stay-at-home order.

•Starting today, the city will bill residents for having an extra garbage bag for residential trash pickup. Residents will not need to place an orange tag on the extra bags, and each extra bag will be counted by the city for a $2 fee per extra bag on the next utility bill for that address. Normally, an extra bag picked up without an orange tag is billed $4. Also, residents that currently have tags may continue to use them and will not be charged on their utility bill.

(Information courtesy of the City of Napoleon.)

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