State regulators and at least one owner of a company providing water in Bellemont are having a significant difference of opinion over whether the water is showing contamination.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is reporting repeated instances of E. coli and total coliform bacteria in the water hauled from a standpipe at Bellemont Water Company, on Bellemont Camp Road.
These are bacteria that live in human and animal intestinal systems.
Their presence is used to indicate the possible presence of disease-causing contamination in drinking water -- contaminants that can sometimes cause illnesses like diarrhea, dysentery and hepatitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As reported Friday in the Daily Sun, lab testing detected either total coliform bacteria, E. coli or both in tests in August, September and October of 2012 and in May this year, ADEQ reports show.
But Klaudia Ness, one of the owners, says this just cannot be the case.
"They don't have their information correct," she said.
There are zero problems, Ness said.
"We've passed every single water test since that happened last year," for example, she said -- and all this year, too.
She says ADEQ is testing a well she does not use, has repeatedly lost lab test results, and that the company chlorinates its water to be safe.
"I have spoken with ADEQ all day long and we are not out of compliance with them at all," she said.
ADEQ is stating that the Bellemont Water Company hasn't established the cause of its intermittent contamination or shown that the problem has been fixed.
The state agency ordered Ness' company on Thursday to notify its roughly 100 customers that they should be boiling the water they buy from Bellemont Water Company.
"This is a potential public health threat to its customers and Bellemont must respond expeditiously to this compliance order," ADEQ Director Henry Darwin stated on Thursday.
Bellemont Water Company is at 526-3851.