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Olathe water remains safe during COVID-19

Post Date:03/17/2020

There is no higher priority than the safety of our residents... and that includes the safety of our drinking water!

The COVID-19 coronavirus has not been detected in drinking water at this time. The City’s conventional water treatment methods using filtration and disinfection systems that would remove any traces of the virus before it reaches your faucet. 

The EPA has stated that presence of the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies, and based on current evidence the risk to water supplies is low. Additionally, according to the CDC, COVID-19 is mainly thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another.

The City of Olathe produces safe, quality drinking water, meeting or exceeding all state and federal health and safety measures. The City conducts more than 90,000 tests each year to detect and remedy any health, safety, or water quality issues. 

Olathe’s untreated source water is obtained from four large collector wells located along the Kansas River near De Soto.  As surface water filters through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals.

Continue to confidently drink water and wash those hands (for at least 20 seconds) with tap as usual!

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Learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting the City of Olathe, and visit for the latest information from Johnson County.


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