NACO – “They’re putting our lives in jeopardy over here,” Naco resident Tony Quetel said in a town hall meeting Friday night at the community elementary school.
Dozens of Naco homeowners and concerned citizens looked for answers from Cochise County leaders about a familiar problem.
On September 9th, raw sewage began leaking across the border from the Sonoran side.
In the nearly two weeks since then, at least 288,000 gallons of sewage has flowed into portions of Naco right along the border, according to Cochise County officials.
“We’ve had an increase in volume,” Cochise County spokeswoman Amanda Bailey said. The most recent one we had in the past, the sewage was coming over at 60-70 gallons a minute. This one came over at 300 gallons a minute.”
Quetel has spent his entire life in Naco. He’s urged county leaders to bring in the federal government to work with Mexico to find a permanent solution.
“Are we too little of a town that this isn’t an issue?,” Quetel wondered. “We’re surrounded by stuff on this side, stuff on that side. And they’re trying to tell us it’s cool.”
While there is no immediate threat to public health, a mobile immunization clinic will be set up Friday, September 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Naco Fire station. The purpose of the clinic is to ensure homeowners are protected from Hepatitis A, and B and Tetanus.
Cochise County officials say The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is testing the groundwater for contamination. The county should be getting results next week.