Tangerine Roadwork Update: July 24 - July 28

Beginning Monday, July 24, Tangerine Corridor Constructors will install signal loops on Camino de Manana at Tangerine Road. This work is scheduled from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and will continue through the end of the week, weather permitting. During this time, residents and the traveling public can expect the following:

  • Northbound Camino de Manana at Tangerine Road will be reduced to one lane
  • All turn movements will be permitted
  • Traffic control will be in place 24 hours a day
  • Expect delays 

Beginning Monday, July 24 at 6 a.m. through Tuesday, July 25 at 4 p.m., Tangerine Corridor Constructors will pave the northeast corner of the Tangerine Road/Thornydale Road intersection. Residents and the traveling public can expect the following:

  • No right turns will be permitted from westbound Tangerine Road to northbound Thornydale Road
  • There will be no designated left turn lane in any direction
  • All driveways on Thornydale Road, north of Tangerine Road will be intermittently closed during paving operations on Monday, July 24
  • All Fry's driveways, including McDonald's, will be closed intermittentlyduring paving operations on Tuesday, July 25
  • Expect delays

There are other projects due to begin later in the week, so check back for more updates.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Kristi or Nanette at (520) 623-3073 or by email at info@tangerineroad.info. We look forward to working with you throughout the project, and encourage any feedback to ensure the Project Team can deliver a beneficial project for the whole community. 

For more information on this project, please visit www.tangerineroad.info. For more detailed schedule information please click here.

Please be aware of bicyclists and pedestrians in the area and ensure that dogs, horses and other animals are not in the construction zone to ensure the safety of all.

Tucson Local Media: Northwest demonstrating vitality in development

From an article by Deborah Van De Putte in the Explorer/Marana News

Why is there such a draw to the Northwest area, one may ask? 

What does Oro Valley, Marana and the surrounding area have that attracts people when relocating for work, second homes and retirement? Many factors play a role in answering these questions.  

First and foremost, the northwest area provides an opportunity to blend all lifestyles together easily. Municipalities keep up with the needs of the community by continuing to provide recreational parks and facilities for golf, tennis and children’s sports. Fine and casual dining, as well as captivating views of the mountain ranges, alongside hiking and biking trails makes for a big attraction. The roads are maintained and expanded for future growth.

Holiday and special events draw crowds of all ages, and let’s not forget our furry critters and dog park facilities. The needs of the community are heard, with additions and adjustments considered and implemented. Integration of all that allows communities to thrive alongside each other; happy communities attract happy people.

To accommodate happy people, the northwest is being fined tuned as builders continue to see the possibilities and vision for future growth in the area...

Ina Road Update: Planning for Monsoons Keeps Project on Schedule

The Ina Road Interchange Project is running on schedule and things are progressing well. Although a lot of that can be attributed to the hard work of all those involved in the massive undertaking, some smart planning has also helped.

“We are progressing on-schedule,” said Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Public Information Officer Tom Herrman.

ADOT and their contractors have planned for the tricky conditions that come in Southern Arizona during the latter part of July and August. One key component of that planning is scheduling early shifts to accommodate both the intense heat of the day as well as  strong rainfall which typically rolls into the area in the late afternoon and early evening.

The timeframe created for the project also has built in monsoon delays, taking account of the region’s rainy season.

“It is just like how in Minnesota they build in snow delays,” Herman explained.

Herman noted that they are making good progress with the project. Currently most of the work is being done on the west side of the freeway, so for many of those on the eastside there is not as much to see.

The Marana Newsroom will have further updates on Ina Road Interchange Project as they become available. Download the Project Ina app for the latest updates, traffic conditions, and deals from area merchants delivered right to your mobile device.

Marana Water News: WQ-What?

Ever wonder how a sewer bill is calculated? We don’t install meters for the outflow from our customer’s homes, so we use an industry standard estimate called a Winter Quarter Average (WQA). This week, we will share how this is calculated, and how it may affect your next water bill.

Most entities that provide sewer service do not install a meter on the flows into the sewer. However, we do know that many of our customers use water for irrigation or filling pools and water balloons, which means this usage would not get into the sewer system. In order to calculate the contribution to the sewer for each account, we use the WQA.

Our WQA is based on the usage for our customers during the previous December, January, and February. These months are typically the lowest usage months since we do not tend to use water outside as much during the winter months. We infer that this is the best measurement of the water used inside that would enter the sewer through dishwashers, showers, toilets, and other household uses. This allows us to provide as accurate a consumption measurement as possible.

Each July, this WQA is updated. We will calculate the average for those three winter months, and then use that to determine what each monthly sewer bill will be for the next year. When filling pools or washing cars we want you to be sure to keep these months in mind to maintain an accurate winter average. When it comes time for billing each month, we will review the monthly water consumption that was picked up from the meter reading and the WQA. Your bill will reflect whichever of these two values is lower. See the example below for how a sewer bill is calculated. Please note that Pima County Regional Water Reclamation Department now has different rates that Marana Water for sewer charges. The example shows the Marana Water rates on a sample water bill.  Since we use this average, many of our customers may see the sewer charges be exactly the same each month. That WQA is a stop-gap measure should you have any unintentional water use at the property. The WQA is the highest consumption value that a customer would pay in a given month.

The bill that our customers will receive in the next few weeks will now be calculated with these new averages. Should you see a change in the sewer charges portion of your bill, the culprit is likely your WQA. If you would like to read more about our water reclamation division, click here. As always, we are happy to review a statement with you, just give our office a call at (520) 382-2570.

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Builder: LGI ramps up in Arizona

From an article on BuilderOnline:

LGI is now building in its newest community in Marana, Vanderbilt Farms.

A variety of open concept floor plan options are offered at Vanderbilt Farms ranging from spacious 3 bedroom homes with large living areas to 5 bedroom homes with elaborate kitchens and upstairs lofts. All of the homes include $15,000 in upgrades including all new stainless steel kitchen appliances, granite countertops and espresso wood cabinets. Each new home offers brick or stone exterior accents, covered entryways and front- yard landscaping. Also included are spacious covered patios and fully fenced backyards. Homes in Vanderbilt Farms start in the low-$200s.

Located near I-10, Vanderbilt Farms is in the Town of Marana. Marana offers an array of recreation opportunities for residents including multiple area parks, golf courses, community pools, hiking and biking venues, art classes, fitness classes and more.

Read the full article.

The Vanderbilt Farms development is off of Moore Rd. to the east of Sandario.

Night Moves gives Marana Police Explorers hands on experience

The Marana Police Department strives to give the young people going through their Law Enforcement Explorer Program the most authentic experience possible. The culmination of that experience is their “Night Moves” training exercise.

This year’s exercise has been expanded to cover three nights. On July 20-22, between 4 pm and 10 pm Marana Explorers, plus explorers from nine other agencies, will participate in the simulated exercises.  

The Explorers will be assigned to teams and supervised by a uniformed police officer in a marked police vehicle. The teams will be dispatched to a variety of simulated calls for service in real world locations. The Explorers have to work the radio, navigate travel to the calls, investigate the calls, complete any necessary reports and manage their own time. Night Moves is as close to the experience of being a Police Officer as anyone can get without being sworn in.

“These kids learned what it is truly like to be a police officer hands on,” said Marana Police Officer Kevin Litten, who oversees the Explorers program. “Anything I would do in a day, they are responsible for on that five-hour shift.”

The simulation utilizes police officer and volunteer role players to be the victims, witnesses, and suspects for the scenarios. These scenarios will take place in the Gladden Farms, Dove Mountain and Continental Ranch areas. For safety, a uniformed police officer will be at each location.

In addition to the Marana Police Department, Explorers from the El Mirage Police Department, Marana Police Department, Oro Valley Police Department, South Tucson Police Department, Tucson Police Department, United States Border Patrol – Tucson Sector, United States Border Patrol – Douglas Sector, Glendale Police Department, and Pascua Yaqui Tribal Police Department will participate.

The Explorer program is for young men and woman who are between the ages of fourteen and twenty who are interested in Law Enforcement. Police Officers provide training to the Explorers so they can determine if they would like to pursue a career in Law Enforcement.

“What we do is give them the real world, realistic training to make sure this is a career field they really want,” Litten said. “To help give them that education so they don’t have to waste time as they are older if this is something they don’t really want to do.”

If you have any questions regarding the Marana Police Explorer Program, or would like more information on this training exercise, please contact Officer Kevin Litten at (520) 975-9487. For more information on this program, please visit the Marana Police Explorers Facebook page (Facebook.com/MaranaPoliceExplorers).

Tangerine Roadwork Update July 18-19

Beginning Tuesday, July 18 through Wednesday, July 19 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, Tangerine Corridor Constructors will install temporary drainage across Tangerine Road, between La Cholla Boulevard and La Canada Drive. During this work, residents and the traveling public can expect the following:

  • Traffic will be shifted around the work areas
  • Flaggers will be onsite to help direct traffic 
  • Speed limits will be reduced to 25 MPH
  • Expect slight delays

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Kristi or Nanette at (520) 623-3073 or by email at info@tangerineroad.info. We look forward to working with you throughout the project, and encourage any feedback to ensure the Project Team can deliver a beneficial project for the whole community. 

For more information on this project, please visit www.tangerineroad.info. For more detailed schedule information please click here.

Please be aware of bicyclists and pedestrians in the area and ensure that dogs, horses and other animals are not in the construction zone to ensure the safety of all.

Marana News: Mountain View grad carves out music career

Caiden Brewer has played a few of the Town's events, including a set at the 4th of July Star Spangled Spectacular. The former Mountain View student was profiled by the Marana News.

From the Marana News story:

While his music is deeply rooted in traditional country music (he cites Waylon Jennings and Charlie Pride as his early favorites), he also adds in other influences including rock.

“I’ve been told that my music is a modern incarnation of southern rock, outlaw country,” Brewer said.

Brewer’s set mixes originals, country songs and countrified rock-songs. At the Star Spangled Spectacular, he played a version of Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Brewer said he grew up listening to bands like ZZ Top and Motley Crue and those influences creep into his performance.

Read the full story at the Marana News

Traffic Update: Continental Reserve Loop 7/17-8/4

Dirt Works Contracting will be connecting water and sewer lines for new building development behind the Quick Mart at Continental Reserve Loop. The project is scheduled to begin on July 17 and run through Aug. 4.

For your safety and that of the contractor’s personnel, please comply with traffic control devices, flagging personnel, and/or detour signs. Travel time through the project area may increase during construction so please adjust your schedule accordingly.

Construction may restrict traffic lanes and create congestion. Taking alternate routes is suggested. If inclement weather or other events cause delays, the work may be rescheduled without further notice.

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Town adjusts turn light timing to aid traffic

With major construction projects underway, Marana residents and visitors have had to deal with traffic issues, but the Town is doing their best to do what they can to adjust to changing traffic conditions. With projects at West Ina Road and I-10, East Tangerine Road and Cortaro/Cortaro Farms Roads, plus smaller projects on North Silverbell Road, West Twin Peaks Road and even south of the town at Sunrise Road, traffic has been affected adversely. 

Scott Leska, the Town of Marana Engineering Manager told business leaders at a Marana Chamber of Commerce Community and Regional Update that they recognize things are “tough” in places for their residents and businesses and that the closure of West Ina Road at the interstate has proven to be big challenge for the town. With extra traffic utilizing West Orange Grove Road to get off I-10, traffic was becoming an issue on North Thornydale Road between Orange Grove and Ina. 

Leska and his team’s first task was to re-time the traffic signals at the intersection and get the traffic moving on Thornydale. The most notable aspect of the retiming is the double service or double pump of the left hand turn lanes from eastbound Orange Grove onto north bound Thornydale. With more traffic utilizing Orange Grove to leave I-10, the Town saw a need to get traffic flowing better onto Thornydale to avoid back-ups on Orange Grove and the freeway. 

The turn lanes now get two green lights, allowing more cars through the intersection. 

“What we found, doing that, with just minor tweaking of the traffic timing, we could get more traffic moving through that left-turn movement,” Leska said.

Although more traffic was getting through that intersection and onto Thornydale, that caused problems of its own. The move caused a substantial delay and back-up with the left-turn movement at the intersection of Thornydale and West Costco Drive. 

“It seemed that everyone wanted to go to Costco,Home Depot, and the other businesses within that area,” Leska said.  

Drivers had to back up to the south of the dual left turns and occasionally blocked through traffic.

To combat the new problem, the Town allowed a double-service left-turn movement for that traffic cycle as well. As with the change at Orange Grove Road, that too helped with traffic flow. 

Due to the amount of traffic diverted due to construction activities within this area, the whole corridor will remain over capacity until the Ina Road project concludes. The Town’s goal is to  keep traffic moving as efficient possible. Traffic Signals were retimed at Horizon Hills, and have utilized flashing-yellow left-turn arrows. The Town has used these left-turn flashing yellow arrows elsewhere in the community, which have seen an decrease in vehicular delay.  This has also helped keep drivers more vigilant in their driving habits as well as provided increased flexibility regardingsignal timing.

Cortaro/Cortaro Farms Road is another route used as a detour around the Ina Road construction.  This route too has been problematic and difficult at times for the traveling public 

The staff worked “diligently” with ADOT to retime the traffic signal at the interchange and ADOT created dual left turn lanes to get motorists off I-10 and onto eastbound Cortaro Farms Road. The retiming of this interchange traffic signal is intended to allow drivers spend less time on the off-ramp and allow more time to drivers traveling under the freeway along Cortaro Road.

“It’s not perfect, but it is slowly getting to a solution we can handle, at least for the next 20 months,” Leska said. 

After ADOT completes the construction at the Ina Road interchange, traffic should normalize, and congestion should be reduced significantly at the Orange Grove Rd and Cortaro Road interchanges along I-10.  The Department of Public Works will keep a close eye on the traffic congestion in the area, and focus on working to provide other solutions that help motorists to keep moving. 

Traffic Update: Travel Center Dr 7/13-7/21

Between July 13 and July 21, Tricon Construction will be installing a fire hydrant into new building development on Travel Center Drive between just north of Sydney Teresa Way. Tricon will have to cut into road to tap into water main and install water line to new fire hydrant.

During construction travel will be shut down to a single lane and a flagger between 6 am - 6 pm.

Now accepting Planning Commission applications

Know a Town resident who wants to get more involved? The Town of Marana is seeking a qualified citizen for an open position on the Planning Commission.  The term expires June 20, 2019.

The Marana Planning Commission is a Council-appointed seven-member advisory body which makes recommendations to the Marana Town Council on matters relating to zoning and land development, including the Marana General Plan (Marana's future vision for development) and applications for approval of rezoning cases, subdivision plats, development plans, and conditional uses.  Applicants must be Marana residents.

The Planning Commission meets at the Marana Municipal Complex at 6:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. Agendas are available at the Marana Development Services office on the Monday before the meeting.

Deadline to submit an application is August 1, 2017. All applications will remain active for one year from the date of receipt. 

Applications are available at http://marana.seamlessdocs.com/f/boards and can be submitted online.  Call 382-1960 or 382-2655  for more information.

Marana Water News: Backflow Assemblies - protecting our water system

As part of our water quality program, we maintain a database of backflow assemblies and ensure that they are in proper working order to prevent any cross-contamination of our water system. Now, what does this really mean? Well, for commercial or industrial buildings, buildings more than three stories tall, multi-family residences, and homes where there is more than one source of water can be found have to install a backflow assembly device, which prevents water from coming back into our distribution system. The rules the govern these devices and how we must maintain our records come from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. We even have rules listed in our Town Code Section 14. These devices stop water from flowing backwards into the system bringing with it potential contaminants and pollutants. A sample of the side of a home with a backflow assembly device is below.

Any of the homes that are connected to the separate purple-pipe irrigation system, or a well on their property, and are connected to our water system will have a backflow assembly installed. This second source of water needs to be prevented from entering our water distribution system, which is where the backflow device comes into play. Marana Water requires a reduced pressure assembly (RPA) because it provides the most protection. It works by maintaining a reduced pressure between two check valves that is lower than our system water pressure. If either of the valves are leaking, then the backflow is not working properly and needs to be repaired or replaced. The goal of these devices is to prevent back-pressure and back-siphonage into our water system. Back-pressure means there is more pressure in one system than is in the main distribution system. Back-siphonage happens when there is negative pressure in the distribution system like a main break of fire flow somewhere. You can think of it like how water drops back down into the glass when drinking through a straw. Both of these occurrences can pull polluted or contaminated water back into the potable drinking water system.

Just like other things in our lives, these devices require maintenance. Each assembly must show a passing test each year. It is our responsibility to track the passing tests and disconnect those that are not in compliance. It is the responsibility of the home owner/resident and the business owner to get the backflow assembly tested when it is due. Beginning August 1, a new round of testing will begin for our backflow customers. The chart to the right shows the schedule for those residential customers in the Gladden Farms and Rancho Marana neighborhoods that have testing requirements. While other residential customers might not be in these areas, they will still have a backflow assembly device that has a test requirement if it meets the above requirements. Those with assemblies will be getting reminder letters in the mail in the next few weeks and months stating when the test needs to be completed. The letter will also include a list of certified testers that are registered with the department who can complete the test on your behalf. Should the test not be done or not repaired after a failed test, the drinking water will be disconnected to the home or business.

Our backflow website has much more information on what a backflow assembly does, where it is located on the home, and more information on how to get it tested. You can find that page by clicking here. It is pretty incredible that something small can be so vital to the public safety of our water system.  

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Summer Schooling 2017, Part 5: Marana is Transparent and Accessible

Did you know that the Parks and Recreation Department spent $2.59 on paper clips in September 2016? Would you be interested to know that the cost of the chlorine that purifies the Town’s drinking water totaled $23,838.28 last year? Regardless of whether you are interested in the financial nitty-gritty, the Town strives to provide the public with as much information as possible. The finance department operates a  Financial Transparency Dashboard which allows the curious constituent to explore the Town’s expenditures, revenues and vendor payments down to the smallest purchase.

In addition to financial transparency, the town is dedicated to being easily accessible to the public.

A Town Council Meeting is a fundamental function of a local government. These meetings provide citizens the opportunity to voice their opinions on policy items or simply to get the inside scoop on what’s happening around the community. Marana’s Town Council Meetings are open to the public and typically held twice a month. These meetings are subject to strict Open Meeting Laws which dictate actions such as, the proper way to notify the public about a council meeting, the requirements pertaining to the distribution of agendas, and the required information which must be present within the minutes of a public meeting.

If you are physically unable to attend a council meeting, the Town live-streams every meeting and study session, these are then archived and can be watched online. This is another example of the Town encouraging civic participation while happily sharing the exciting things happening around Marana.

The Town openly welcomes citizen engagement through participation in boards and commissions. The responsibilities of these boards range from providing recommendations to the Council on matters relating to zoning and land development, to reviewing the operation budget for the Town’s Water Department. If you have an interest in broad, town-wide issues; the Marana Citizens’ Forum may be a perfect opportunity to become involved. The Forum is comprised of up to 32 delegates from around the community whom share a common goal of bettering Marana. The Forum creates recommendations of ways to improve the town and presents those suggestions to council. If you are interested in applying for any of the Town’s Boards and Commissions or the Marana Citizens’ Forum, more information can be found on the Town’s website.

A top priority for Marana is accessibility to the public. A citizen concerned about graffiti in their neighborhood might imagine reporting the problem would be a lengthy process resulting in a great deal of paperwork. However, on the contrary, Marana has created a few innovative ways to streamline the reporting process - efficiently resolving the request.  These requests can be easily submitted through the Town’s website or on the My Marana Mobile App and as mentioned in my previous blog, the average time for a request to be submitted and closed is only four days. This “help me, help you” level of service is truly something Marana prides itself in.

After spending about a month with the Town, I have noticed Marana is dedicated to providing excellent service coupled with transparency and accessibility to all citizens. It is refreshing to see an organization that is open and honest with its operations and truly has the best intentions for Marana.

Town, Chamber partnership continues

The Marana Town Council approved the partnership between the town and the Marana Chamber of Commerce for another year.

“We have a strong partnership and many, many successes in working with the Marana Chamber of Commerce over the years,” said Marana Town Manager Gilbert Davidson.

As part of the agreement the Chamber will run the town’s visitor center at 13881 N Casa Grande Hwy, as well as to provide other services, most notably business retention. 

“The agreement between the town and the chamber makes a lot of sense for both of us,” said Marana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ed Stolmaker. “It is a good partnership, we have a great relationship and I look forward to working with them in 2017 and 2018.” 

The Marana Chamber of Commerce is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year.

Tangerine Roadwork Update July 13 - Updated

Due to heavy rains on Monday night the originally scheduled work that was set to begin on Wednesday, July 12 will now be starting on Thursday, July 13 beginning at 6 a.m., weather permitting. Further rains could push the project back until Friday, July 14 or Monday, July 17.

When the project begins, the contractor will be repairing utility lines on La Cholla Boulevard just north of Tangerine Road. This work is scheduled to be complete by the end of the day, weather permitting. During this time, traffic will be shifted around the work areas and left turns will not be permitted from north or southbound La Cholla Boulevard. Speeds will also be reduced to 25 MPH, expect delays. 

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Kristi or Nanette at (520) 623-3073 or by email at info@tangerineroad.info. We look forward to working with you throughout the project, and encourage any feedback to ensure the Project Team can deliver a beneficial project for the whole community. 

For more information on this project, please visit www.tangerineroad.info. For more detailed schedule information please click here.

Please be aware of bicyclists and pedestrians in the area and ensure that dogs, horses and other animals are not in the construction zone to ensure the safety of all.

Marana News: Ina Road project progresses on schedule

Courtesy Marana News

Six months into the Ina Road Interchange project and the work progresses on schedule. The Ina Road Interchange will open in about a year and a half, on pace with the hopes of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Construction for the bridge pier columns has begun, and the installation of a storm drain on east side of I-10, another key part of the project, nears completion at an appropriate pace.

“The contractor is moving along on schedule,” said ADOT Senior Community Relations Officer Paki Rico.

Due to high temperatures, some asphalt work has been done at night, which caused an overnight road closure on the frontage road last week and closures may continue in the future. In areas affected by closures, law enforcement will help with confused motorists and those working on-site. 

The project will create changes to the roadways, some to take place in early 2019. West Ina Road at I-10, including the east and westbound I-10 on and off-ramps at Ina, will close the longest—until early 2019. Although access remains limited, West Ina Road east and west of I-10 remains open, and ADOT will maintain access to all businesses in the work zone for the duration of the project.

Read the rest of the story at tucsonlocalmedia.com

Marana Welcome Center open for business

The Town of Marana has introduced their new Welcome Center on the first floor of the Municipal Complex. The Welcome Center is a one-stop shop for most of the public’s needs; getting answers and making payments.

In addition to being the Town’s main reception area, the new Welcome Center is a place where residents can pay their water bills, business licenses and animal licenses in person. Payments for building permits and all development-related fees will now be accepted at the first-floor counter.

Many of these services were on the second floor but have moved downstairs in an effort to improve the customer experience and help make things smoother and easier for Marana residents and businesses.

Tangerine Roadwork Update July 10-11

Beginning Monday, July 10 through Tuesday, July 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, the contractor will reconstruct the Circle K driveway and the entrance to Tangerine Crossing Drive. Residents and the traveling public can expect the following:

  •  The Circle K driveway on Tangerine Road will be temporarily closed. Business access will be maintained from Thornydale Road.
  • Tangerine Crossing Drive at Thornydale Road will be temporarily closed. Resident access will be maintained from Tangerine Road 
  • Expect slight delays

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Kristi or Nanette at (520) 623-3073 or by email at info@tangerineroad.info. We look forward to working with you throughout the project, and encourage any feedback to ensure the Project Team can deliver a beneficial project for the whole community. 

For more information on this project, please visit www.tangerineroad.info. For more detailed schedule information please click here.

Please be aware of bicyclists and pedestrians in the area and ensure that dogs, horses and other animals are not in the construction zone to ensure the safety of all.

Marana Water News: Down on the Corner - 2016 CCRs

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Coming soon to your mailbox

The Environmental Protection Agency oversees the Safe Drinking Water Act. This is one of the primary pieces of legislation that outlines the water quality rules community water systems are required to follow. A portion of this act requires an annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) to be provided to all customers. A CCR is an annual water quality report that includes information on water sources, levels of detected contaminants, and the water system's compliance with the drinking water rules. When these reports are prepared, they are presenting information from the previous year. For example, the versions that were mailed out last week by Marana Water includes the data from 2016. These must be delivered to customers by July 1st each year.

In previous years, Marana Water has published the CCR data in the newspaper, but now each customer is mailed a copy of the CCR for their water system each year. The documents can also be viewed on the water quality webpage for this year, and for many previous years. Click here for the recent online versions and CCRs dating back to 2010.

There is a wide variety of content within the CCRs. Details about the wells used to provide water to the system, any violations of the drinking water rules in the past year, the safety concerns of certain elements that may be found in the water, a terrific glossary of water quality related terms, and sample results are areas covered in the CCR.

Sample of the data table from the Marana system. Each CCR will have their own table showing the testing dates and results.

When reviewing the results chart, be sure to notice if the measurement is in parts per million (ppm) or parts per billion (ppb). Parts per million, also called milligrams per liter (mg/L) can be compared to one minute in two years, or a single penny in $10,000. If you multiply ppm by 1,000 you will get parts per billion. PPB is the equivalent of one minute in 2,000 years or a single penny in $10,000,000! Identifying the difference in these units can help to understand how much of a compound actually was detected in the water sample.

Example of bottles used to collect CCR samples

Example of bottles used to collect CCR samples

Some of the inorganic compounds tested for include arsenic, fluoride, and nitrates. Inorganic contaminants can be naturally occurring, or a result of run off from activities nearby like mining, farming, or wastewater processing. Most of the minimal detected levels are likely due to erosion of natural deposits or run off from the sources mentioned above. Nitrate levels may rise quickly for short periods of time due to rainfall or agricultural activity. Fluoride can be naturally occurring and is sometimes added to water to help promote strong teeth. It is monitored because too much fluoride can, in fact, damage teeth. Marana Water does not add any fluoride to our systems. The Airport system is classified as a "non-transient, non-community water system" due to the number and type of customers using water in this system. This is why there is no test for fluoride below. A new rule was put in place in 2002 regarding arsenic. In high levels (50 ppb or more) arsenic is a carcinogen, so this new rule brought the MCL to 10 ppb to address any potential long term effects it may cause. As shown in the excerpt below, none of the systems approached the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for these compounds. The MCL is the highest level allowed in drinking water. There were no violations in 2016 in any of Marana Water's water systems in regard to nitrates, arsenic, or fluoride. This year’s CCR also includes information on the unregulated compounds, 1,4-dioxane and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs). We tested these items as part of a voluntary sampling program in order to keep up to date on all the compounds that might be present in our water systems. There are currently health advisory levels for these compounds, but no required MCL.

The CCR compiles water quality tests done throughout the year including total coliform tests and chlorine residuals, which you can read about here. There are close to 3,000 tests done annually by only four operators. These dedicated water professionals work all year to ensure the quality of the drinking water to our customers is safe.

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