By Keli James, PR communications coordinator Drinking water

The Arizona Corporation Commission approved the transfer of Sanders water service from a water company with major violations to the neighboring Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA). The transfer will help the town’s residents get non-contaminated drinking water for the first time in more than a decade.

The Windsong Water Company that delivers water to Sanders has been found in violation of federally acceptable uranium levels, according to 12 News.

After researchers notified the public about the water test results, many customers started drinking only bottled water.

The Windsong Water Company and NTUA applied for the transfer of authority of utility assets to the NTUA because it would be too costly for Windsong to find an alternate solution.

“This will provide a long-term sustainable option for the community to get safe drinking water,” Arizona State Senator Carlyle Begay (D) of District 7, who helped coordinate the transfer with the commission, told 12 News.

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