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Arizona county water provider again finds high nitrate levels

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FLORENCE, Ariz. — People in some Pinal County subdivisions with infants or pregnant women in their homes are being warned not to drink their tap water because testing showed high levels of nitrates.

A well owned by Johnson Utilities showed nitrate levels above the federal standard this week. The well was taken out of service and the public notified Wednesday.

The warning affects people who live in the San Tan Valley’s Johnson Ranch, Copper Basin, Rancho Bella Vista and Rancho Bella Vista South subdivisions.

Johnson Utilities planned to distribute drinking water to families with infants or pregnant woman on Thursday. The company expected tap water to be safe within days and was planning a new pipeline to supply the area.

High nitrates can cause infants to become seriously ill.

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