Operation Safe City

Somerton Initiates “Operation Safe City” Disinfection

The city will sanitize streets, pathways and parks in an effort to help protect its residents.

From 5:30am to 9:30am on Monday, April 27th, the City of Somerton will be spraying areas of the city with disinfectant to eliminate the presence of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The effort is called “Operation Safe City,” and is a partnership between Somerton, Southwest Sanitation, Sun City Pest Control and Real Purified Water. “We feel this is a positive, proactive step to help ensure the safety of our community,” City Manager Ian McGaughey said. Operation Safe City will employ the use of a 550-gallon sprayer to distribute the disinfectant to targeted areas. The sanitizer used is called Nisus DSV, which has been determined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to be effective against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. “The sanitizer is diluted at the rate of 2 ounces per gallon of water and poses no threat to people or animals in its diluted form,” said Manny Valenzuela, owner of Sun City Pest Control. Still, in the interest of caution and to limit any potential disruption, application will occur early in the morning and residents are advised to stay away from the sprayer during operation. “I’d like to thank these area businesses for their generosity and for working with the city in this proactive effort,” Somerton Mayor Gerardo Anaya said. “They have demonstrated a strong interest in the safety of our community.” Operation Safe City will target areas where public usage remains highest, such as sections of Main Street, the city’s multi-use pathway system, and park areas. “Even though many facilities are closed, we want to make sure areas still open to the public are properly sanitized,” Vice Mayor Martha Garcia said. “This is not a replacement for social distancing, frequent hand-washing or the other guidelines for keeping you and your family safe,” Anaya said. “This is something extra we want to do in the interest of doing everything we can to help protect our residents.”