Water Quality

Oak Creek

Water Quality in Oak Creek: Oak Creek is perhaps the most popular waterplay destination in the Coconino National Forest. Human waste, pet waste, and trash around this small, crowded creek contribute to high level of bacteria and viruses in the water. Learn more about how to stay safe and what you can help.

Slide Rock State Park

The Arizona State Parks Board tests the water in Oak Creek at Slide Rock State Park for E. Coli bacteria. Call Slide Rock State Park for current conditions.


Pine Flat Hydrant on State Route 89A

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is the regulating authority for all public drinking water systems in Arizona. Water at the highway hydrant near Pine Flat Campground in Oak Creek Canyon has maintained compliance with the regulations set forth under the Safe Drinking Water Act as administered by ADEQ. The system is classified as a Transient Non-Community System (TNC) and therefore is not required to sample for lead or arsenic under the regulations. The Forest Service is committed to ensuring the health and safety of the public and will continue to monitor the water quality at the site.

Additional water quality information about water hydrant at Pine Flat (water system ID AZ0403574), visit Pine Flat Campground ADEQ test results on ADEQ's Arizona's Safe Drinking Water Information System to see the water quality history at the site.

For more information about other water systems, visit the ADEQ Arizona's Safe Drinking Water Information System to search for water systems throughout the state. If you don't know the water system ID or name, you can browse lists of water systems organized by county.



Watch a video demonstrating a model watershed to observe how water affects watershed function including streams, homes and reservoirs.