Do we drink out of the Rio De Flag?

No, none of the City’s drinking water comes directly from the Rio de Flag. The Rio de Flag is an ephemeral river that flows seasonally, during times of rain or snowmelt. Flagstaff Water Services keeps this seasonal river flowing year-round with the discharge of reclaimed water from both the Rio de Flag and Wildcat Hill Water Reclamation Plants. Some of this water infiltrates underground into the underlying aquifer, where it co-mingles with groundwater.

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1. What is reclaimed water?
2. How do you make reclaimed water?
3. Is reclaimed water okay to drink?
4. How does the city use reclaimed water?
5. What is advanced treatment?
6. How would Flagstaff Water Services use advanced treatment?
7. What are Compounds of Emerging Concern (CECs)?
8. Does advanced treatment remove pharmaceuticals from the water?
9. Is drinking advanced-treated water the same as drinking reclaimed water?
10. Do we drink out of the Rio De Flag?
11. Will the wetlands still be maintained if the city decides to go with advanced treatment?
12. What safe guards are in place to avoid contamination of our potable water supply?
13. Could aquifer recharge lead to tremors like in fracking?