Santa Cruz County reminds public of Nogales Wash health concerns

August 3, 2017 - 4:45 pm
As work continues on the International Outfall Interceptor (IOI) and the Nogales Wash, Santa Cruz County Health Services continues to remind the public to stay out of the Nogales Wash and Santa Cruz River due to continued health concerns and water quality. Health Officials continue to recommend to those who live within the county, along the Santa Cruz River, and have a private well within 100 ft. of the waterway have their wells tested for contamination.
Officials with the Arizona Division of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) will continue daily sample collection and testing.
The Department of Agriculture shares the concerns of livestock owners and farmers in the region. Until there is more information about the extent of the situation, it is recommended not using water from the Santa Cruz River to water food crops or gardens.
Officials ask that the public and media refrain from entering into areas where repair work is underway for the safety of the public and employees working in the area. Drivers should be especially careful in areas where repair crews are working near roadways.
As a reminder, the Nogales International Airport has restricted the use of drones within one nautical mile around the crew worksites.
A hotline (520-375-7784) is available for public and media inquiries between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Thursday. We will be closing the hotline on August 4, 2017.
Updates will continue to be posted on the Santa Cruz County Facebook and Twitter @santacruzaz. Public Health and Safety information is also available at and