American Water Works Company, Inc., the largest investor-owned U.S. water and sewer utility company, went on record to say that their treatment methods keep the drinking water safe from swine influenza A (H1N1). Most utility companies in the United States use similar methods to make water safe for drinking.

For water supplies that come from surface waters, such as lakes or rivers, the water is typically filtered. And the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires all public water suppliers to disinfect drinking water before it’s distributed to your house. These techniques are very successful at killing or removing viruses.

The flu virus is larger than many other viruses, making it even easier to capture in a filter. Influenza is also more susceptible to disinfection, so that’s another plus for the humans.

As long as you’re drinking bottled water or water from your tap, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting swine flu from the water. One thing to be careful of though–don’t drink out of the hose. Hoses may be exposed to stormwater runoff, pesticides, fertilizers or other things you don’t want in your body.

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