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Can You Drink Scottsdale Water?

By January 16, 2008

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UPDATE: On January 19, 2008 it was announced that the water is now safe for human consumption.

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UPDATE: January 18, 2008 has come and gone, and the warning is still in effect not to use tap water for drinking or food preparation in the affected area until further notice. Here is the notice from Arizona American Water Company

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A private water company serving about 4,700 businesses and households in Paradise Valley and a portion of Scottsdale notified customers Wednesday evening not to drink tap water until 5 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2008. This issue only affects Arizona American Water Company customers. That water company, and the potentially dangerous tap water in question, is not associated with the City of Scottsdale municipal system, the Paradise Valley Berneil Water Company system, or the City of Phoenix system.

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Judy Hedding

Customers of Arizona American Water Company are being advised not to drink or use tap water for food preparation until at least Friday evening. A malfunction at a water treatment plant is the culprit, and tap water served to company customers could contain elevated levels of trichloroethylene, or TCE. The company will test the water again before they let their customers know that the water is safe to drink. When the water is determined to be acceptable for human consumption, Arizona American Water will notify customers via automated phone call.

Arizona American Water Company is making bottled water available free of charge to all its customers. They can get the water at 6215 N. Cattle Track Road, Scottsdale, or to Paradise Valley Town Hall located at 6401 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. The company stated that if you treat your water with a reverse osmosis system bottled water is not necessary.

Customers also may call 888-237-1333 for more information.


February 7, 2008 at 9:29 pm
(1) Angel says:

I live in Virginia and we are years into dealing with TCE in our water. Originally it was implied that our levels were so low it wouldn’t matter, ever. Now we have skin lesions that won’t heal, breast cancer and birth defects in our neighborhood. Of course I must say that NONE of these things have been linked directly to TCE, yet.

But until I moved to this house, I had none of the problems I’m dealing with.

Just be careful and pay attention to yourselves and your family members. The most important thing you can do is to let your physicians know if you’ve been exposed. It will prompt them to test things that may have been written off as “allergies” before TCE.

Remember, showering in the water DOES expose you! Breathing to vapors from shower and bath water DOES expose you!
You don’t have to drink it to be exposed.

Blessings and good wishes to all of you. Keep great records!

February 7, 2008 at 9:34 pm
(2) Angel says:

A great webiste for information regarding “How TCE enters and effects your body” is:


inform yourself!!

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