Governor Ducey knowing you have intense opposition to disclosing anything to Arizona citizens can you explain the large statistical differences in these compliance figures…???

…OK… Az. Gov Doug Ducey’s Director of ADEQ notes that 98% of water purveyors are in compliance … While National Resources Defense Council finds approx  36% of Arizona water purveyors are out of compliance…

….Governor Ducey knowing you have intense opposition to disclosing anything to Arizona citizens can you explain the large statistical differences in these compliance figures…???

Arizona drinking-water violations common, report says

 

Ken Alltucker , The Republic | azcentral.comPublished 8:01 a.m. MT May 2, 2017 | Updated 5:53 p.m. MT May 2, 2017

More than one-third of Arizona’s population gets drinking water from a utility or company that violated federal drinking-water regulations, according to a report released Tuesday.

The report by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 2.4 million Arizonans — about 36 percent of the state’s population — were served by a water system that violated at least one federal Safe Drinking Water Act rule.

Texas had the most residents served by water systems that violated federal rules. Arizona ranked No. 10.

The most common violation occurred in how Arizona water systems treated water and the byproducts those treatments can create. That was followed by violations for water containing organic chemicals or bacteria, and reporting and monitoring lapses.

The report said Arizona fared better under another measurement: known water contaminants that had the potential to affect the health of residents.

Water systems must test for and treat harmful waterborne pathogens such as giardia and cryptosporidium parasites that can cause intestinal distress. Systems also must test to ensure drinking water does not contain unsafe levels of chemicals such as arsenic and lead.

The report said that 3.2 percent of Arizona residents were served by water systems that reported such "health-based" violations — either failing to treat a parasite or allowing unsafe levels of chemicals. Arizona was safer than about two-thirds of states by that measure.

Officials at the state agency that regulates drinking water noted that the report relied on 2015 data. Over the past two years, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials said, Arizona has improved on both measures.

ADEQ Director Misael Cabrera said that 98.4 percent of Arizona residents are served by water systems that are free of health violations. In other words, 1.6 percent of the state gets drinking water from a system that reported a health-based violation in 2017.

Cabrera attributed the improved performance to technical assistance, grant programs and information that his agency has shared with owners and managers of water systems.

"We have dramatically improved our performance," Cabrera said. "Our current performance is 50 percent better than what the report shows for 2015," for water systems with health-based violations.

The Natural Resources Defense Council report’s authors cautioned that monitoring of public water systems remains a challenge.

Arizona’s fourth most common type of violation involved "consumer confidence," considered a shortfall in a water system’s monitoring and reporting procedures.

Erik Olson, the Natural Resources Defense Council’s health-program director, said that it "raises a big yellow flag" when Arizona water systems fail to meet the monitoring and reporting requirements.

"When you have systems that are not testing and not reporting, that raises your eyebrows," Olson said.

The fact that some water systems that did not meet monitoring and reporting requirements could be an indication that water systems are not testing or reporting potentially harmful pathogens or chemicals, Olson said.

The report said Tucson had the most clean-water violations among the state’s 10 largest water systems with at least one violation. Johnson Utilities, which operates a public water utility in Pinal County, ranked No. 2 in violations among the state’s 10 largest water systems with at least one violation.

Johnson Utilities sparred with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality inspectors last December over whether nitrate levels in its drinking water were safe for infants to consume.

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