Farmers Water Company is asking 1,400 customers to boil their water after sampling showed the possible presence of the E. coli bacteria.
The impacted area is south of Quail Creek and east of Union Pacific Railroad.
The communities affected include Madera Highlands, Madera Reserve, Colonia Real, Pasadera, Madera Shadows, Madera Foothills Estate and homes along Camino de la Canoa. The Continental School complex and the United Community Health Center are also covered by the boil advisory.
According to Farmers, all water should be boiled for at least three minutes until further notice. Bottled water can also be used.
Farmers Water Company has increased the chlorination levels to the affected system and notified the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality and the Arizona Department Environmental Quality. The samples will be retested to confirm the initial findings.
Additionally, Farmers Water along with PDEQ is investigating the source of the possible contamination.
According to a Farmers news release, the company is in the process of notifying affected customers of the boil water advisory. Periodic updates will be provided at: https://www.farmerswaterco.com/. Those customers living in the affected area can call (520) 879-7474 for further information.
Bottled water is being made available to affected customers at: United Community Health Center, 1260 S. Campbell Road, in Green Valley after 4 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. as long as is necessary.
Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Most varieties of E. coli are harmless or cause relatively brief diarrhea. A few particularly nasty strains, such as E. coli O157:H7, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.
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