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HISTORY OF JOHNSON UTILITIES IN SAN TAN VALLEY
PART 2

SEPTEMBER 2012

JOHNSON UTILITIES CUSTOMERS TAKING ACTION AFTER E. COLI SCARE

You’ll recall a lot of San Tan Valley residents being ticked off when their water tested positive for possible E. coli; many were upset with how Johnson Utilities handled the whole situation. But now some are not only pushing back at what the company is now telling them, they’re also pushing for change. MORE INFO

OCTOBER 2012

JOHNSON UTILITIES CITED WITH 8 VIOLATION FROM THE E. COLI SCARE

 ADEQ cities Johnson with eight violations after an E. coli scare in August. In addition to finding high levels of the bacteria in the drinking water, the company failed to notify the public properly, did not follow an emergency plan and left water tanks in poor repair. Pinal County officials criticized the response. Johnson said the tests were a false positive and that it followed proper notice. MORE INFO

DECEMBER 2012

JOHNSON UTILITIES IGNORES QUESTIONS ON HIGH NITRATE LEVELS

CBS 5 has called Johnson Utilities several times over the past two days. No one has responded to our messages or emails about the contaminated water. On Sunday, CBS 5 drove to the company’s office in the San Tan Valley and couldn’t find anyone.

This is the second time Johnson Utilities, L.L.C. has been the source of controversy for contaminated drinking water.

The water company found high levels of nitrate in two of their wells that have been turned off, according to the utility’s website. MORE INFO

JUNE 2013

EMILY HUGHES SPEAKS OUT ABOUT WATER QUALITY & PRESSURE

After high nitrate and E. coli scares in their water supply, some San Tan Valley residents are saying their water is discolored and the pressure is next to nothing.

Johnson Utilities said it was caused by construction on the system and two wells taken out of service. MORE INFO

SEPTEMBER 2013

ANOTHER SEWER LEAK

“I haven’t gone a good, solid six months without there being an issue whether it be, well, water pressure’s the biggest one but sewage, yellow water,” said Emily Hughes, a member of the San Tan Valley Safe Water group. 

Brown, however, dismissed the idea of this most recent spill being yet another knock to the company’s reputation. MORE INFO

OCTOBER 2013

EMILY HUGHES SUED OVER SPEAKING OUT ABOUT HER WATER

Valley residents said they’ve been flooded with problems from their water company. Customers complaints have poured in to the CBS 5 News “Action Button,” but now one frustrated customer said the company is suing her.

Back in June, San Tan Valley resident Emily Hughes talked to us about the issues she said she was having with her water. MORE INFO

MARCH 2014

JU'S WATER STANDPIPE VANDALIZED

 

Johnson Utilities owns the San Tan Valley standpipe, which is intended for residential use only, according to JU’s website. 

The closest standpipe is about 30-40 miles away, Mr. Myers estimated.

On March 22, Mr. Myers made an agreement with the standpipe’s owner, San Tan Valley-based Johnson Utilities, to obtain the water at a flat rate and deliver it to customers who could not access their account and needed water before the screen was repaired, Mr. Myers said. MORE INFO

JULY 2015

JU THREATENS TO SHUT DOWN STANDPIPE

In San Tan Valley, 125 people haul their water from a mechanism called a standpipe. But Johnson Utilities said it wants to close down the standpipe, making access to water much more difficult. MORE INFO

JULY 2015

JU SHUTS DOWN STANDPIPE WITHOUT ACC APPROVAL

Johnson Utilities turned off a standpipe at Magma Road and Edwards Street on July 30 without permission from the Arizona Corporation Commission. The company claims the standpipe was repeatedly vandalized and the cost to bring it back online wasn’t tenable.

According to the Corporation Commission, more than 200 customers relied on water from the standpipe. The next-closest one is 13 miles away in Florence, and another sits 17 miles away in Apache Junction. MORE INFO

DECEMBER 2016

NITRATES FOUND IN WATER

Johnson Utilities Drinking Water Advisory for nitrate. ADEQ notified Johnson Utilities (PWS 11182) customers on Dec. 2, 2016, to not provide water to infants under of the age of 6 months or use the water to make infant formula because of elevated nitrate levels.

On December 6th, 2016, ADEQ has confirmed the problem has been resolved and tap water can be given to infants under the age of 6 months. MORE INFO

 

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