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After nearly seven years of not meeting federal drinking water standards, a small, family-owned water company is now in compliance.Lance Wischmeier, owner of Pine Valley Water Co., stands next to his newly installed arsenic water treatment filter on Friday, April 11, that went online April 9. The company was out of Environmental Protection Agency compliance for nearly 7 years with nearly three times the EPA standard limit for arsenic in its drinking water.

The Pine Valley Water Company, which serves 175 customers north of the Village of Oak Creek, is operating with a new arsenic treatment system as of April 9. Combined, those customers use an average of
2 million gallons of water a month in the summer and 800,000 gallons a month in the winter.

In 2001, the Environmental Protection Agency increased its national standards regarding arsenic in drinking water. Prior to that, the legal standard was anything under 50 parts per billion. The standard was lowered to 10 parts per billion but PVWC’s numbers had been in the mid to high 20s for more than two decades.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, April 16, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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