Toxic water issue on Tucson's south sidePosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Community members on Tucson's south side got together Wednesday night to talk about a potential cancer-causing chemical, found in groundwater there.
1,4-Dioxane is a common chemical found in moisturizers and shampoos, but if ingested in drinking water it's a lot more dangerous.
Folks are pretty angry at the Air Force, who they blame for dumping the chemicals in the first place, years ago.
Officials say the health risk is low, but the chemical is a lot more toxic than previously thought.
Residents want the city to act and to do it fast.
"Really impressed that the city is being proactive. Water is not a south side issue, or a ward issue, it's a regional issue," said Yolanda Herrera from the Unified Community Advisory Board.
The solution appears to be a new water treatment plant. Tucson Water wants to start construction in 2012 at a cost of $10 million. But it's money already approved in this year's city budget.