Did Tuesday's flood contaminate your water?


by Dennis Welch | 3TV Political Editor

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Posted on August 19, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 25 at 12:00 PM

City taking steps to protect residents

PHOENIX -- The city is taking extra precautions after heavy rains and floods Tuesday might have contaminated its water supply.

Kathryn Sorensen, the director of Phoenix Water Services Department, said residents are safe even though dirty floodwater seeped into the Central Arizona Project.

"The CAP canal upstream of the Union Hills Water Treatment Plant was flooded with water  from Skunk Creek Wash," Sorensen said in a statement. "The city closed the intakes to the Union Hills Water Treatment Plant and will meet water demands with the use of other water treatment plants. The City Water Services Department is continuing to monitor the situation."

The CAP delivers water to towns and cities throughout the Valley.

Joe Munoz, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Flood Control District, said floodwater can carry disease and other elements that people should stay away from.

"What happens when it flows, you get a lot of things in that wash that are not healthy for you," he said. "You could have dead animals. You could have all kinds of different things are there."

According to CAP spokesman Bob Barrett, there are basically two options.

"Turbidity, or dirt, is in the water, and cities can either treat it or wait until it passes and then resume taking water from the system," he said in an email to 3TV.

The city said residents need not be concerned.

"City of Phoenix Water Services customers can be assured that the city is able to continue reliable, high-quality water deliveries during this storm event," Sorenson said.