Johnson Utlities tap water deemed safe for infants after Pinal County scare

Posted at 6:52 PM, Dec 06, 2016

Officials say tap water is once again safe for infants in Pinal County after high levels of nitrate were detected in recent weeks.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality on Tuesday lifted an advisory against Johnson Utilities water. The alert was put into place for customers on Dec. 2 after test results showed the water exceeded the federal standard for nitrate.

Parents were warned to not give the water to infants 6 months old or younger, nor use it in juice or to make formula for babies. Parents were also warned to not boil the water. 

The nitrate standard for water is 10 mg/L; a water sample from Johnson Utilities water reportedly came back with nitrate levels of 12 mg/L and 11.4 mg/L. 

ADEQ said Tuesday that a sample collected on Nov. 30 met the federal standard for nitrate levels. 

However, some community members said Tuesday night that at-home tests revealed some of the water still tested high for nitrate. ABC15 is working to learn more.