Corporation Commission prevents takeover of Arizona Water Co.

Commissioner returns campaign money from company hoping to takeover water company

By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic

Utility regulators on Tuesday approved a deal that allows Arizona Water Co. to keep a lucrative portion of its service territory in Pinal County and prevents a rival company from taking over the disputed territory.

The commissioners had considered granting the territory to a competitor owned by Ed Robson, a developer and political donor to one of the commissioners. But an administrative-law judge and commission staff had warned that would be unconstitutional, and the settlement avoided such a transfer of territory.

The years-long dispute between Arizona Water Co. and a development company called Cornman-Tweedy involved about 11 square miles of undeveloped land near Casa Grande.

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