…I confess any time I read “expert panel” my “bullshit” antenna is peaked … Who is on this panel, what did they examine, over what length of time, where, was there any “pubic” oversight or independent 3rd party vetting of their findings…???

I confess any time I read “expert panel” my “bullshit” antenna is peaked … Who is on this panel, what did they examine, over what length of time, where, was there any “pubic” oversight or independent 3rd party vetting of their findings…???

 

Expert panel affirms safety of Flagstaff’s reclaimed wastewater …Nov 12, 2017 …Top of FormBottom of Form

…Scientists haven’t found any evidence that suggests the city of Flagstaff’s use of reclaimed wastewater puts human health at undue risk.

That was the conclusion reaffirmed earlier this month by a panel of experts tasked with evaluating the city’s use of treated effluent at places like golf courses, city parks and the slopes of Arizona Snowbowl.

The city can produce up to 10 million gallons a day of A+ wastewater that officials contend is 99.9 percent pure, although it is not rated safe to drink. It’s that last 0.1 percent that officials not just in Flagstaff but across the country are interested in learning more about.

The group of water and genetics experts, university researchers and medical professionals was first organized five years ago at the request of a former city manager in the face of mounting local concern over the potential human health effects of reclaimed wastewater use.

The group reconvened Nov. 3 to review a final report on the city’s reclaimed wastewater testing as well as results of panel members’ own research on antibiotic-resistant genes and bacteria in Flagstaff’s water system. In short, the city’s own testing and the scientists’ research found evidence of certain unregulated substances, collectively classified as compounds of emerging concern, in Flagstaff’s drinking water and reclaimed wastewater.

Emery Cowan can be reached at (928) 556-2250 or ecowan@azdailysun.com

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