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City of Cedar Rapids uses special disinfection system that kills Cryptosporidium in drinking water

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The City of Cedar Rapids uses an ultraviolet disinfection system to provide protection against parasites. The system has been in place since 2010. The UV system neutralizes parasites, including Cryptosporidium, and makes drinking water safe. Cryptosporidium causes Cryptosporidiosis, or Crypto, in animals and people.

Cryptosporidium spreads through fecal matter. It can get into rivers and other bodies of water if an animal gets near the water. The UV process makes sure water is safe before it enters your home.

City water is also used to fill pools in Cedar Rapids. Water filling the pools is safe. However, if a person who has been infected by the parasite enters the water then the disease can spread.

More than 400 Iowans have gotten sick from Crypto this summer.

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