Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

​ACWD drinking water is safe from coronavirus (COVID-19) and available 24/7

Water is vital to protecting public health and safety and ACWD is committed to keeping the water safe and flowing during this crisis. As our country, and the world faces this pandemic, we want to reassure our customers and community that we prepare for emergencies and will continue to provide our essential service to all customers.​​​​​​
Our drinking water is safe: The water from your tap is safe from coronavirus (COVID-19). It is treated and tested before making its way to your home or business and continues to meet or surpass all state and federal drinking water standards. Learn more about the quality and safety of your drinking water.  ​​​​​​
Disconnections halted: Customers can rest assured that shutoffs will not occur at this time. If you need water service, call 510.668.4200 during normal hours or our after-hours hotline at 510.668.6500.

We’ll get through this together and work with our customers once the emergency is behind us.

​​Physical distancing minimizes risks: In response to the Alameda County’s Public Health Officer order for shelter in place and Governor Newsom's stay at home order, as well as for the protection of the public, visitors and staff from COVID-19, we have closed our ACWD Headquarters in Fremont to the public effective March 17, 2020, until further notice. Water service will not be interrupted. ​​​​Customers can continue to call our Customer Service line at 510.668.4200, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – or access online services for:​​​
Start/stop service
​• Pay your bill
​If you see ACWD staff working in the community, please maintain 6' physical distance to keep everyone safe. ​

Important information about water quality for businesses, restaurants, places of worship, and schools reopening following COVID-19 

ACWD provides high quality water to all customers. The water is disinfected before it’s delivered to you, but the water can accumulate in building pipes and become stagnant when businesses were closed or had limited operations during the COVD-19 Shelter-In-Place Order. Buildings and large service connections that shut down or significantly reduced water use have an increased risk of Legionella growth in pipes, refrigerators, water heaters, and/or onsite storage tanks, and an increased potential of leaching of lead and copper.

As the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Order is lifted and businesses reopen, it is important for managers and business owners to take action to ensure the water is safe to consume. Please reference the following guidance when reopening your business to learn how to remove stagnant water and prepare your building’s plumbing system for consumption.

Resources and guidance for reopening buildings 

Safely Return Water Service to Your Business 

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials - Flushing Stagnant Plumbing Systems 

EPA information on maintaining or restoring water quality in buildings with low or no use

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - COVID-19 - Guidance for Reopening Buildings 

American Water Works Association - Returning water services 

California Water Board Reactivating Service and Operations

Swimming pools & hot tubs disinfections

Services continue: Our office is currently closed, please visit the following departments for any information you may need. 

Engineering Department

Development Services 

Groundwater Resources 

Water Conservation 

Please call 510.668.6500 for after-hours emergencies.
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Free online educational resources:  In an effort to support educators and parents during school closures, see our Online Educational Resources webpage for a list of links to fun, informative water education websites and free activities. 

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. ​Stay safe. Be well. ​

Bay Area Water Agencies Issue Joint Message in Response to COVID-19

Trust Bay Area tap water message issued by nine water agencies 

Resources and information:

California Coronavirus(COVID-19) Response

Alameda County Public Health Department
California Department of Public Health
United States Environmental Protection Agency

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Fact sheets:

California Water Boards Fact Sheet

CDC Share Facts About COVID-19