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AZ Corporation Commission moving forward with capital improvement plan for Johnson Utilities

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 21:17:34-04

PINAL COUNTY, AZ — The attorney for Johnson Utilities asked the Arizona Corporation Commission to delay Thursday's vote on a $129-million capital improvement plan until next month.

The company has faced years of criticism and scrutiny for water problems in San Tan Valley, Queen Creek, and parts of Pinal County. At some points, raw sewage leaked into neighborhoods in the far East Valley.

It got so bad in 2018; the Commission appointed EPCOR Water to assume operation of the company.

Fast forward to today, EPCOR is saying a three-year $129-million capital improvement plan is needed to address water issues in the far East Valley. EPCOR filed the plan at the beginning of July.

Late Thursday morning, Johnson Utilities filed its objections to the plan, questioning some of the projects and the estimated costs.

After several hours of debate and testimony, the commission voted to move the plan forward.