EPCOR: Johnson Utilities drinking water ‘on knife’s edge,’ buildings could explode

Photo from 2015 anonymous study of Johnson Utilities’ Pecan Creek wastewater treatment plant shows the corrosion that is reported to have taken place due to high levels of hydrogen sulfide. / Arizona Corporation Commission 2015 / Casa Grande Dispatch


By Jake Kincaid | Casa Grande Dispatch

Tensions between the Arizona Corporation Commission and Johnson Utilities escalated Tuesday when EPCOR representative Shawn Bradford delivered an update that shocked commissioners into taking more aggressive legal action against the utility.

First, Bradford expressed concern from EPCOR, which has been appointed interim manager of the utility, that nitrate levels in drinking water were on the “knife’s edge” of what is legally acceptable.

The legal limit is 10 milligrams per liter — Bradford said EPCOR had found Johnson’s to be above 9.9.

Bradford said EPCOR was very concerned and would be focusing on drinking water over the next few weeks. Although the water is not in violation currently, it could slip over rapidly.


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