Letter: You didn't get sick from the water

In reply to a recent submission: Dear Mr. Nelson, I don't ordinarily take the time to respond to letters to the editor, but in this instance, you have made some serious assertions regarding the safety of our public water system.

Your tagline asked about trusting common sense. Let's do that.

Number one: Any pet owner, particularly dog owners, are very familiar with dogs' less than sanitary habits. Dogs eat dead stuff. Dogs drink out of the toilet. Dogs clean themselves with their tongues. Think about it for a minute. Dogs would not be affected by the tiny amount of bacteria that might show up in your drinking water.

Number two: We are required to test the water every month by Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

The amount of bacteria that could grow in the system in one month is not significant because it is caught and treated early. The e-coli positive sample was caused by a tainted sample and not by actual bacteria in the system.

The three samples taken downstream from the location of the positive sample were negative for coliform of any kind.

You reside downstream. However, you should already know this, as we mailed letters to every resident in So-Hi explaining this in great detail.

So, yeah, let's use common sense. I'm sorry you've been unwell. But, it isn't the water.

Denise Johnston,

manager of So-Hi Water