SAHUARITA, Ariz. – A boil water alert was issued Thursday afternoon, according to Green Valley Fire District.
On Thursday, Farmers Water Company informed their customers that regular water system sampling and laboratory tests indicated that the possible presence of E. coli bacteria in the water of about 1,400 customers in the Green Valley area. The communities affected include Madera Highlands, Madera Reserve, Colonia Real, Pasadera, Madera Shadows, Madera Foothills Estate and homes along Camino de La Canoa.
Authorities say the Continental School complex and the United Community Health Center were also put under the boil water advisory.
Boil Water Alert! Drinking water has been effected. @GVFD more press release. Communities affected include Madera Highlands, Madera Reserve, Colonia Real, Pasadera, Madera Shadows, Madera Foothills Estate and homes along Camino de La Canoa& Continental School complex #PDEQ
— Official GV Fire PIO (@GVFDPIO) July 11, 2019
Investigators are currently searching for the source of the possible contamination, Farmers Water says.
Affected residents are advised to boil their water for at least three minutes before consuming. Those residents can also use bottled water.
Employees at Farmers Water Company hand out bottled water to customers Thursday afternoon after a sample of its water tests positive for E Coli.
Dick and Nan Walden head the farmers investment company based in Sahuarita. They also lead Farmers Water Company and run the Green Valley Pecan Farm.
The Walden’s say they first learned about the possible contamination Thursday morning and immediately got in touch with Pima County Officials and the Department of Environmental Quality.
“Our sampling system found the possible contamination,” Nan Walden said. “We’re repeating the test right now to verify that it wasn’t a false positive. We’re re-doing samples, we’re sampling additional areas. We want people to be careful, be cautious, we want people to be informed as it happens and as it becomes more clear. Let’s be cautious but I don’t think there’s a reason to panic at this time.”
Residents who may be affected can go to the United Community Health Center at 1260 S. Campbell Rd. to pick up cases of bottled water Friday starting at 9 a.m.
For more information, visit farmerswaterco.com or call 520-879-7474.
EDITOR’S NOTE: News 4 Tucson’s Anthony Victor Reyes contributed to this report.