COVID-19 UPDATES FROM DPW:

DO NOT flush "flushable" wipes
PSA: With the toilet paper shortage you may have seen ads on TV lately for “flushable” wipes. Well, it turns out that isn’t exactly the right word to use. That’s because, like a lot of other items would, they’ll flush but they don’t ever dissolve. These wipes don't break down in water, so their treatment plants have to use equipment to pull plastics, wipes, and those other items out of the wastewater before they can treat it. These “flushable” wipes can cause sewer pipe back-ups. These sewer back-ups can cause sewage to back up into your home. If you choose to use these wipes, please discard them in a plastic bag and dispose of in the trash.
In short, Disinfecting wipes are being flushed down toilets and causing major pipe problems because of toilet paper shortages in places.  If you have these products, and it becomes necessary, please consider washing wipes out with soap (in the sink - not the wash machine) and reusing them if any household gets to a point where they lack toilet paper. 
March 17, 2020: A message from the De Pere Water Utility regarding COVID-19:
Drinking water supplied by the De Pere Water Utility is high quality and is well treated. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourages the continued use of tap water, as there is no evidence of COVID-19 transmission through municipal water supplies such as ours.
The EPA has established regulations with treatment requirements for public water systems that prevent waterborne pathogens, such as viruses, from contaminating drinking water and wastewater. COVID-19 is a type of virus that is particularly susceptible to disinfection, and standard treatment and disinfectant processes are expected to be effective. Updated information from EPA on COVID-19 can be found here.
For more information about the virus and to learn how you can help protect yourself and others, please visit these trusted sources of information:
Wisconsin Department of Health Service
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

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