Arizona company’s water passes safety test, now OK for infants
PHOENIX — The water sold to customers of an Arizona utilities company has been pronounced safe after a state agency lifted an advisory against feeding to infants.
Johnson Utilities, a private water-services company in San Tan, Arizona, just outside of metro Phoenix, had questioned the warning from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality last week, after samples of tap water tested for elevated nitrate levels.
The levels were found in samples collected Oct. 27 and Nov. 21. The department said giving the water to infants or using it in formula could be harmful to their health. Adults and children older than 6 months were able to drink the tap water.
The company, which services homes in Queen Creek and other parts of Pinal County, posted on Facebook that its tapwater was safe and that the test results were incorrect.
ADEQ issued its advisory reversal on Tuesday, saying tap water was safe for infants.
It’s not the first time the water company has had problems with its water.
In 2012, the company had to tell residents that E. coli had been discovered in the water.