Johnson Utilities announced Monday that it has suspended its drinking water warning previously issued for certain customers in the San Tan Valley.
The company had issued the warning Saturday specifically for customers with infants under 6 months old in the San Tan Heights Subdivision and the Skyline Subdivision west of Gary Road and south of Skyline Drive.
In a statement released Monday, the company stated:
"The warning was issued based on laboratory results that reported two wells to have exceeded the 10 parts per million (ppm) standard for nitrates. Major sources of nitrate in drinking water include the erosion of natural deposits and agricultural fertilizer use.
"Because Johnson Utilities monitors all of its wells in accordance with ADEQ standards, the two impacted wells were turned off on December 28, 2012, and more samples were taken. Water with nitrate levels below the standard was diverted to the impacted subdivisions."
CBS 5 had called Johnson Utilities several times over the past two days. No one ever responded to our messages or emails about the contaminated water. On Sunday, CBS 5 drove to the company's office in the San Tan Valley and couldn't find anyone to speak on camera.
After talking with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality CBS 5 News now knows more information about when the water test results could have been released to the public.
An ADEQ representative said Johnson Utilities submitted a federally mandated annual nitrate test on Dec. 17. ADEQ also said those results were emailed back to the utility on the 22nd, but the representative says Johnson Utilities did not process the email until five days later on Dec. 27.
It wasn't until Saturday the 29th that CBS 5 News heard from a viewer that the company notified residents of the problem.
A company is required to alert the public of water problems as soon as possible and within 24 hours, according to the ADEQ, and they are now investigating Johnson Utility for possibly not contacting the public soon enough.
Residents in the area said they were not satisfied with the company's delay on information the public.
"I don't have a lot of confidence in being able to get accurate information so I just buy the bottled water and we'll try to keep our ear to the ground and see what happens," said Larry Keim.
"Disappointed, concerned obviously. Like I said, that's putting it nicely," said the father of a 6-month-old baby, Manuel Serrata.
Johnson Utilities said Monday that the two contaminated wells were turned off.
The ADEQ said water to the previously contaminated areas is now coming from a different source.
This was the second time Johnson Utilities, L.L.C. has been the source of controversy for contaminated drinking water. In August, the company alerted its customers of a possible E. coli contamination. The company later released a statement that said E. coli was not detected during a retesting process, but that one sample tested positive for coliform.
Copyright 2012 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Friday, May 24 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:34:36 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Friday afternoon two home invasions are reported to police less than an hour apart. Police are trying to determine if the same group of people are responsible. The first robberyMore >>
Two home invasions are reported to Louisville Metro Police less than an hour apart and now officers are trying to determine if the same group of people are responsible.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:19:49 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE 3) - The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban of openly gay scouts from the organization's activities has hundreds of Louisville Scouts and their parents wonderingMore >>
The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban of openly gay scouts from the organization's activities has hundreds of Louisville scouts and their parents wondering where they will meet.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:56 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:56:14 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY – A large heroin sting took place in the parking lot of a Dairy Queen. According to an LMPD arrest report, the bust took place last night at the Dairy Queen on Manslick Road. Officers reportedMore >>
Louisville Metro Police have busted a couple for heroin possession at a Louisville area Dairy Queen after they tried to hide the drugs in the floor of their vehicle.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:36 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:36:30 GMT
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A major drug bust unfolded Friday in a quiet Jeffersonville neighborhood not far from an elementary school. It happened around 2 p.m. at a home in the 3100 block of ClearstreamMore >>
A major drug bust unfolded Friday in a quiet Jeffersonville neighborhood not far from an elementary school. It happened around 2 p.m. at a home in the 3100 block of Clearstream Way.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-25 12:07:57 GMT
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) – An Elizabethtown mother is recovering from serious injuries she suffered when her SUV rolled onto her, pinning her underneath the vehicle. Kentucky State Police said ShannonMore >>
Shannon Gales' 2-year-old daughter was strapped in a car seat inside the vehicle when it overturned, according to Kentucky State Police. More >>