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Wastewater (sewage) and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for the water industry and plumbers

Resources are available to water industry workers on COVID-19 and water and sanitation (see below). The key message is that ‘best practice’ hygiene measures are sufficient to control exposure to COVID-19 in wastewater or sewage.

This includes the use of PPE and handwashing before eating food and after work. These practises minimise the risk of exposure to all pathogens in wastewater. No additional measures are recommended regarding COVID-19.

There is no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted through water, including drinking water or untreated wastewater. Standard drinking water and wastewater treatment processes are effective at removing the virus that causes COVID-19.  Variants of COVID-19 are also expected to be removed because  the mutations do not make major physical changes to the virus.

Resources available to the water industry, which are frequently updated, include:

For updates on the coronavirus situation in Queensland, including advice about reducing the spread of the infection,  please check the Queensland Health coronavirus website.

Last updated: 29 June 2020