Valle Vista water company still exceeding arsenic levels

Company working on funding for filtering system

KINGMAN - Truxton Canyon Water Company, based in Valle Vista, notified residents this month that its water system has once again exceeded the maximum level for arsenic.

Test results from October revealed that water in Truxton's system contained arsenic levels at 13 parts per billion. The standard mandated by the EPA is 10 parts per billion.

According to Truxton, there is "not an immediate risk," and the company stated residents do not need to use an alternative water supply, although they do advise those with specific health concerns to consult a doctor before drinking tap water.

The water company still offers reverse-osmosis filtered water at its office in Valle Vista. Residents can pick up water from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Truxton has consistently had issues with arsenic in the water. It is still seeking approval for a $350,000 Water Infrastructure Finance Authority loan to finance an arsenic treatment facility to reduce the arsenic levels below EPA standards.

A staff report from the Arizona Corporation Commission's utilities division issued Jan. 7 recommends that the ACC approve the financing, and the issue could be discussed at the commission's Feb. 2 open meeting.

The plant would be on track for completion by the end of 2016.

If approved, the staff report states that a $2.02 per month charge per ¾-inch metered customer may be applied to the loan.

It is unclear in the document whether or not that cost will be passed on to customers in Valle Vista.