Some ducks enjoy a peaceful swim at Marilla Reservoir last week. Marilla is part of the Bradford City Water Authority watershed.

Steve Disney has an important message for area residents: Bradford City Water Authority drinking water is safe.

In an effort to correct rumors to the contrary, Disney, the authority’s executive director, released a statement on Monday explaining that the COVID-19 virus has not been found in drinking water anywhere.

“The CDC’s on-line advisory flatly states that COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water, and conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection such as those in most municipal drinking water systems should remove or inactivate the virus,” Disney said.

“The Bradford City Water Authority as well as other public water suppliers are reporting no problems with water quality or quantity due to the coronavirus pandemic, and none is anticipated, according to the latest directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection,” he said.

Disney said no changes have been made with the water treatment process.

“We continue to monitor regulatory agency communications and will make any necessary adjustments, should the need arise, based upon recommendations from the CDC,” he said. He explained that Bradford’s water treatment plant uses industry standard filtration and disinfection techniques exactly like those described in the CDC guidance.

He continued, “Our water treatment plant is operating, all of our critical raw materials are at high inventory levels and our treatment procedures are effective at inactivating the virus. Customer tap water is safe to drink and use for personal hygiene. We monitor these systems daily and are currently well exceeding established standards for virus removal and protection.”

In response to COVID-19, the authority has made changes in its staffing.

Effective Monday, officials reduced main office, treatment plant and distribution crew staffing. Rotations are in place to support the reduced staffing levels until such time these precautions are no longer needed.

“Protecting our employees and the general public is paramount and necessary to ensure we can sustain critical operations to continue to provide potable water supplies,” Disney stated.

Bradford City Water Authority crews will continue to respond to any and all water emergencies and limited office staff is available to answer phone calls during normal business hours. Direct access to authority offices will remain closed to the general public until further notice.

After-hour emergencies can be reported by calling 1-800-947-7681.