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Mayor’s Update, July 18, 2022

Hello, I’m Mayor Phil Goode with your weekly update.

The main topic of conversation here at City Hall has been the discovery that two of the city wells at the airport tested positive for PFA levels that exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Health Advisory Levels. The other airport well tested showed no trace of PFAs.

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I think there’s been a lot of concern about the EPA Health Advisory Limits that have been published; what they mean, whether they’re substantiated and evidence based or how they will impact the water quality in our city to make sure that the members of the public realize we have a very, very safe water system and water quality.

We test our water regularly. I’ve been advocating that those test results be posted on our city council website, so people can freely look at what those standards are and what our levels are. We have been very proactive and monitoring our water quality standards.

The original EPA Health Advisory Level standard was for 70 parts per trillion (ppt). On June 22, 2022, the EPA abruptly changed it to .004 ppt for PFOA levels and .02 for PFOS levels. That is a greater than 99.994% reduction.

Quite frankly, this new EPA advisory really caught us off guard. I think it caught the entire nation off guard. When you look at the previous standards that had been published, we were far ahead of those minimum standards.

During our Town Hall on Wednesday, July 13th, we brought in the managers in our water quality department so that they could address your concerns, answer your questions, clarify the situation and make sure that the community understands that our water quality and our water delivery systems have not been materially compromised; we are reacting as quickly and rapidly as we are capable of.  If you were not able to view the Town Hall on Wednesday, we have provided a link below so that you can watch it now.

My educational background and my professional experience is such that I am a university trained biologist, with academic minors in chemistry with over 30 years experience working in medical devices and supplies including a lot of clinical standards being exposed to high level, evidence based studies. Having the ability to critically look at evidence to be able to justify public policy is something I think I have a lot of experience with, and the ability to look critically at some of these issues that are brought forward to us.

Also on Wednesday, we had an impromptu meeting with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality earlier in the day to brief us on the latest up-to-date information.

In the meantime, here is what we are doing to address this situation:

• We are committed to ensuring complete transparency. We will keep the public informed of all developments.
• We are researching remediation options right now. The good news is that this problem can be remediated, but we want to find the most efficient and cost-effective way to do so.
• We are investigating the source of the contaminants. If we know where they are coming from, it will help us to know the best way to fix the problem.
• We will work closely with ADEQ.
• We will follow the actual science and not speculation regarding PFAs.
• We will carefully monitor the EPA deliberations regarding this issue, and provide comments and input to their process, hopefully bring these standards to a realistic level before they become regulations.

The most important thing for the City residents to understand is that our water is very clean and safe. There is NO immediate health risk, and there is no need to use an alternative water supply. If you have specific concerns, please consult your primary care doctor.

I want to thank our Public Works Department for being proactive and responsive. Our City is in good hands.

I also want to thank our residents for their support and understanding as we respond to this situation. I promise you that the City’s water safety is always our first priority.

During our last council meeting on Tuesday, July 12th, we heard a moving presentation from the Sons of Union Veterans in recognition of the Memorial Day 2022 Observance and service at the Citizens Cemetery. I want to thank them for sharing with us.

We also set the new City Property Tax Levy for the Fiscal Year 2023. I am happy to report that the tax rate has gone down, and is one of the lowest in the areas. We are committed to using your tax dollars wisely and keeping your taxes as low as possible.

CITY OF PRESCOTT PFAS AND PFOS RESOURCE CENTER: https://www.prescott-az.gov/water-sewer/pfas-and-pfos-resource-center/

CITY OF PRESCOTT TOWN HALL MEETING: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EySr5ozPUk&t=28s

CITY OF PRESCOTT ANNUAL WATER QUALITY REPORT: https://www.prescott-az.gov/link/ccr-ry2021.pdf

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (ADEQ) 
https://azdeq.gov/press-releases/press-release-adeq-committed-protecting-arizonans-and-assisting-public-water-systems

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) 
http://www.epa.gov/pfas

CITY OF PRESCOTT JULY 12, 2022 COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA: https://d3n9y02raazwpg.cloudfront.net/prescottaz/57b2fb55-aebc-11ec-a5da-0050569183fa-1b981bc4-3fd8-47e4-a7e7-579c6da1f4b4-1657215433.pdf

CITY OF PRESCOTT JULY 12, 2022 COUNCIL MEETING VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shL3a9KRduc

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