NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Santa Cruz County officials said wastewater and sewage is no long spilling from the International Outfall Interceptor pipe in Nogales.
A broken pipe allowed untreated wastewater to flow into the Nogales Wash on Tuesday, July 25.
On Saturday Santa Cruz County Health Services said work continued to repair the partial breach in the International Outfall Interceptor (IOI).
The IOI is used to transport wastewater from both sides of the border to the Nogales International Wastewater Treatment Plant, about 200 yards north of the intersection of Old Tucson Road and the Nogales Wash.
The release also stated,
On Tuesday, July 25, the City of Nogales signed a declaration of emergency and Santa Cruz County is also working on declaring a state of emergency as well.
The Mayor of Nogales said the city does not have the budget for the repairs.
County and City officials all agree this is a complex issue that will take cooperation from all levels.
Water samples from the wash are being tested to get a better understanding for how big of a public health issue this is.
A dislodged section of cement partially sheared the pipe below the waterline, causing the discharge of the wastewater into the wash, according to the release.
Santa Cruz County Health Services advise people living where there is water running in the wash and tributaries east of the wash to stay out of the areas.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement:
The Santa Cruz County Emergency Operation Center has been partially activated to ensure the health and safety of county and state residents.