City of Peoria Press Release
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City of Peoria Water Supply is Safe
Arizona Public Interest Research Group media release inaccurate and misleading.
PEORIA, Ariz. (January 24, 2012) Today's press release and press conference
held by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group characterized the city of
Peoria as having unsafe water supplies in the event of a "leak or accident at
the Palo Verde nuclear power plant. The APIRG said that Peoria is the only city
within 50 miles of the plant which is at risk. This information is completely
misleading and untrue.
The City of Peoria water supply is secure and safe and has redundant water
sources in the case of an emergency. The City uses surface water from the Salt
River Project and the Central Arizona Project canal systems as a sustainable
water resource. In cases of emergency or drought, the City can provide
groundwater to the system in sufficient quantity to provide for our customer
Peoria tests its surface water and groundwater sources repeatedly throughout the
year. Our latest tests for tritium, as mentioned in the Arizona PIRG news
release, were non detectable using the most current sampling techniques.
Though Peoria is within a 50 mile radius of the generation station, the city is
not the only municipality within this distance who receives its water supply
from multiple resources, including above and in ground.
The city has been recognized for having safe and secure water sources by the
Arizona Water Association. In 2011, the Peoria Utilities Division was recognized
and awarded a total of 9 safety awards. These awards reflect the outstanding
safety record of Peoria's water and wastewater utilities and the dedication of
our professional staff to working safely and efficiently. Peoria received more
safety awards than any other municipal utility for the third consecutive year.