Courtesy of the Water Resources Association of San Benito County:
San Benito County Water District (SBCWD) provides drinking water to the Hollister Urban area from imported surface water that is treated at two district-owned surface water treatment plants, and is delivered to residence in the distribution systems of the City of Hollister and the Sunnyslope County Water District (SCWD).
SBCWD and the contract operator of the treatment plants (SCWD), are responsible for ensuring that the treated water provided to our retail agencies is of the highest quality possible, meeting or exceeding all federal and state drinking water standards. We consistently meet or exceed all applicable water quality regulatory standards.
According the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA), current treatment methods used by SBCWD in our two surface water treatment plants are sufficient to disinfect water for contaminants, including Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Existing required testing throughout the City of Hollister and Sunnyslope County Water District distribution systems require a chlorine residual to ensure water is clean and safe for consumption.
Groundwater sources (wells) would not be sources for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
As SBCWD continues to monitor the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to reassure our community that this virus is not impacting the safety of your drinking water in the Hollister Urban area or our ability to supply water in San Benito County. There is no need to horde water.
SBCWD is committed to maintaining a high level of service as San Benito County responds to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will continue to provide a reliable supply of safe, clean drinking water to residents and businesses in the Hollister Urban area and throughout the rest of our service area.