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Posted on: August 3, 2017

NOGALES SEWER LINE BREAK UPDATE: SAFETY ADVISORY CONTINUES

NOGALES SEWER LINE BREAK UPDATE


As of yesterday morning, the damaged portion of the sewer line has been by-passed and no sewage is spilling into the Santa Cruz River.


PUCLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY ADVISORY


People and their domestic animals should continue to avoid the Santa Cruz river channel and tributary drainage channels until further notice. Even in the absence of untreated wastewater, stream flows are typically high in pollutants that can be harmful to human health, such as bacteria and pathogens.


PRIVATE WELLS


Residents living along the Santa Cruz River who have a private well within 100 feet of the waterway should have their wells tested for contamination. For general information on water testing, and a list of qualified labs that can conduct this kind of testing, please visit the following links:


Protect your health: A guide of private well owner in Arizona

Arizona Labs Certified for Drinking Water Samples


BACKGROUND


Last week the City of Nogales issued a State of Emergency Proclamation in response to a damaged sewer line caused by heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding.


On Friday, July 28, Santa Cruz County announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was on site to assist with the situation. Santa Cruz County Health Services advised the public to stay out of the Nogales Wash and the Santa Cruz River. The Town of Sahuarita extended this advisory to the Santa Cruz River within the Town’s jurisdiction as a precautionary measure.

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