Protecting Public Health and the Environment.

COVID-19 Response

Protecting public health is our number one priority. We are taking steps to ensure the safety of our staff and the public and are working with regulated entities to provide flexibility where possible.

We are temporarily limiting some routine activities to ensure we are not putting our employees, the public, or the regulated community at risk. Every effort will be made to avoid unnecessarily disrupting regulated facilities while they respond to COVID-19.

Click to expand the resources below related to drinking water, wastewater, waste management, and air quality. 

Drinking Water

COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water supplies. Continue using and drinking tap water as normal. There is no need to boil your water as a precaution against COVID-19.


Waste Management and Remediation

Air Quality

COVID-19 can affect the respiratory system (nose, throat, lungs), cause asthma attacks, and possibly lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease.

To avoid impacting communities struggling to contain COVID-19, DEQ asks residents to refrain from residential open burning or other non-essential open burning activities until further notice. This includes burning tree limbs, leaves, yard trimmings, garden waste, burn barrels, and other residential outdoor burning activities.

Alternatives to burning:

  • Lawn mulchingLeave grass clippings on your lawn to add nutrients back into the soil and improve lawn health.
  • CompostingCompost yard waste to recycle organic material and add nutrients back into the soil.
  • ChippingAdd chipped brush, pruning, or wood waste to your compost pile or soil to increase nutrient content.
  • Curbside pickupCollect and separate yard waste, organic material, and recyclables and set them out for curbside collection. Check with your local government or waste management company for local services.
  • LandfillsMany landfills offer free or reduced fees for yard waste.

Burning materials such as personal protective equipment, paper masks, or disinfectant wipes is prohibited since these materials could be contaminated with the COVID-19 virus. Contact DEQ’s Solid Waste Program for disposal information.