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Marana makes big step toward treating contaminated water

Two sites being purified after chemicals found
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Posted at 5:32 PM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 20:35:23-05

MARANA, Ariz. — The Town of Marana is moving forward with treating contaminated water.

The Town Council green-lighted the use of extra funds back in November, and construction on the treatment facilities is expected to start next week.

Officials say the sites will purify the drinking water in two systems in the town. That's where high levels of possibly cancerous chemicals were found.

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Water contamination in Marana goes back to August 2018, when the Town Council approved building treatment facilities for the contaminated sites.

They will be built near the existing town water sites. One is near Silverbell and Continental Reserve Loop, and the other is near Airline and Lambert.

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Treating the contaminated water turned out to be more expensive than originally thought. On Nov. 12 in a council study session, officials approved Marana Water using up to $1.5 million more.

The treatment facilities are expected to be up and running by Sept. 2020, according to Marana Water Director Scott Shladweiler.

Last year, the Town of Marana joined the City of Tucson in a lawsuit against 3M and other companies who made firefighting foams containing similar harmful chemicals. That litigation is ongoing.

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