Water Quality

image001.jpgAs a public water system (PWS), the City of Flagstaff is required under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to monitor for potential contaminants chemical and biological to ensure that we are providing clean drinking water to citizens. They include:

  • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may originate from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife
  • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can occur naturally or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming
  • Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources, such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses
  • Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals (SOCs and VOCs), which are byproducts of industrial processes and petroleum production and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems
  • Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) specifies levels of each potential contaminant that are safe for human consumption.

Source Water Assessment Program

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) administers the Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP) as part of the nationwide Safe Drinking Water Act. This program evaluates all sources of water that provide drinking water to public water systems, and rates the level of risk (threat) to the water integrity, termed source water protection. Flagstaff has an overall low risk rating in the SWAP evaluations. Read the report here.

Annual Consumer Confidence Reports

We publish annual reports on drinking water quality summarizing the results of this monitoring. View/download a digital copy of the 2022 Consumer Confidence Report or email waterquality@flagstaffaz.gov with your contact information to receive a printed copy. 

For questions about water quality, call the Lake Mary Water Treatment Plant at 928-774-0262. 

To access past reports dating back to 2001, email flagwater@flagstaffaz.gov.