Today viruses are a topic of feverish debate and breakneck developments as the world discusses the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. A lot of fear surrounds this topic, and it’s only natural that some misinformation finds its way into the public consciousness. Early on in the outbreak of COVID-19, there were reports that residents in Wuhan, China, were getting sick from viruses transmitted through apartment plumbing systems. This led some people to suspect that COVID-19 could be spread through plumbing. Fortunately, this is not the case. Fortunately, COVID-19 is not one of the waterborne viruses.

However, there are some common waterborne viruses that you should be aware of. This article will discuss and go over a few of the viruses which could be present in your water supply.


Norovirus is a type of virus that infects the gastrointestinal tract and can make people very sick. It is resistant to many disinfectants, and thus sanitizing gels will not eliminate this virus. This is a virus that spreads rapidly from person to person. It is highly contagious and can spread through water and food. It only takes a few viral particles to make a person sick. This virus gives you some of the worst diarrhea, vomiting, cramps, and aches that a person can experience – Including projectile vomiting.


Scientist also tied rotavirus to digestion and diarrhea. Rotavirus is responsible for causing over half a million deaths globally every year, and while the numbers are much lower in America, this virus is still a leading cause of childhood incidences of diarrhea and vomiting. Children are especially vulnerable as the virus can dehydrate a person severely and raise temperatures above 101 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hepatitis A

While Hepatitis A is relatively rare in America, it is still a virus that is transmissible through the water. This virus primarily affects countries and areas where sanitary conditions are very poor, and it can cause liver damage so severe that the victim can die. The symptoms include fever, diarrhea, muscle aches, and jaundice once liver damage sets in. Close contact with an infected individual can spread Hepatitis A, even before a victim feels sick. Though there are fewer than 20,000 cases per year in America, this virus always presents an emergency situation.

Thankfully, modern water purification systems will eliminate any viral particles present in the water before you drink it when they are running properly. Contamination with these viruses can also be avoided with the proper placement of well boreholes. By installing robust filtration and purification systems, finding an ideal spot for your water well, and being proactive about the health of your water, you can rest easy knowing that you won’t find any scary viruses in your water. In the event the worst happens, modern medicine is adept at treating these viruses if they do present themselves. Even adults that contract hepatitis A will usually fully recover in a week or two if properly cared for.

In Conclusion

If you are concerned about the quality or safety of your water, conduct a water quality test and contact the professionals at American Pump Services today to see how we can make your water more healthy and pure today.