The number of hits on this blog exploded today, and most of the hits were on the posts I wrote on contaminated drinking water in Scottsdale (here, here, and here).
The vast majority of the hits were from the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, though a few came from much farther away.
My curiousity was piqued, to say the least, but had no idea why so many people were suddenly interested those (relatively) old posts.
Then I came across this article from the Arizona Republic's website -
Tap-water ban hits parts of P.V., Scottsdale
Residents in Paradise Valley and parts of Scottsdale were told Wednesday not to drink their tap water.
A water treatment plant for Arizona American Water malfunctioned Tuesday possibly sending elevated levels of TCE or trichloroethylene into the water supply, said Arizona American Water spokesman Todd Walker.
As the article noted, the problem occurred at the same treatment facility as October's problem, the treatment facility at Miller and McDonald in Scottsdale.
From the City of Scottsdale's press release on today's malfunction -
Water company's notice has no link to Scottsdale municipal water system
A private water company serving about 4,700 businesses and households in Paradise Valley and a portion of Scottsdale notified customers Wednesday evening not to drink tap water until 5 p.m. Friday.
The company is not associated with the City of Scottsdale system, and its system is separate from the Scottsdale municipal system serving about 88,000 customers.
The company’s service area within Scottsdale is generally north of Jackrabbit Road, south of Indian Bend Road and west of the Arizona Canal. It also serves some neighborhoods north of Camelback Road and west of the Arizona Canal. Arizona American serves about 1,200 Scottsdale customers. (Map of service area withinScottsdale, pdf/313kb/1p)
The Arizona American Water press release can be found here.
...Not the kind of press coverage that Scottsdale's elected leaders and their 'friends' in the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce want to see with the Super Bowl (and the thousands of tourists spending millions of dollars that come with it) two and a half weeks away...