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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.
© 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.