Prescott will hold a town hall on City Wells water quality

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Mayor Phil Goode will host a meeting at City Hall to discuss recent city well water quality reports on Wednesday, July 13 at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall, 201 S. Cortez. This meeting can be attended in person or via Zoom. The mayor will be joined by City staff from the Public Works Department, who will discuss recent test results, actions that have been taken so far and plans to remedy the situation.

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On Friday, July 8, the City of Prescott learned that recent test results revealed the presence of man-made chemicals called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in two of its water production wells located in the airport area.

Although PFOA and PFOS are not currently regulated by either the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), the Emerging scientific thought is that these compounds may be harmful to human health. Sampling results for these two wells showed levels of PFOA as high as 15 parts per trillion (ppt) and PFOS as high as 12 ppt, which is above EPA and ADEQ recommendations. . The City took immediate action to shut down both wells.

“Although we are very early in this process, I think it is important to meet with the public and the news media to answer their questions to the best of our abilities at this time,” Mayor Phil Goode said.

“Rest assured that the quality of our drinking water is of the utmost importance to me and to all of the City’s management and staff. We monitor our wells monthly for contaminants and publish those results online, and we will continue to do so. We will work to quickly and effectively remedy this situation. In the meantime, citizens can rest assured that the quality of drinking water is safe,” Goode continued.

Citizens are invited to attend in person or join via Zoom.

>>You are invited to a Zoom webinar

When: Jul 13, 2022 1:30 PM Arizona
Topic: Mayor’s Municipal Assembly

Please click on the link below to join the webinar:
Access code: 318523
Dial (for better quality, dial a number based on your current location):
USA: +1 253 215 8782
Webinar ID: 810 7957 7824

>> Attend in person

When: July 13, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. Arizona
Where: City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

“As Mayor of the City of Prescott, I want to reassure our citizens that we are taking recent news regarding PFOA and PFOS at two of our wells very seriously,” said the Mayor of Prescott, Phil Goode, in a statement Monday, July 11. “Mayor Pro Tem Rusing and I met with a team from our Public Works Department, City Manager‘s Office and other City staff leaders to learn more about these test results and to begin the resolution process. of the situation.”

For more information on PFOA or PFOS, please visit the City’s website at or contact the City of Prescott’s Public Works Department – ​​Water Division at 928-777-1118.

For more information on the EPA health advisory and ADEQ actions, follow these links:

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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