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EPCOR tells public goal is to close smelly ‘Section 11’ plant

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A Johnson Utilities wastewater treatment plant in San Tan Valley has been the source of many complaints over the odor that has made its way into housing areas. The utility is now planning to expand the plant. / Jake Kincaid / PinalCentral (2018)

By Mark Cowling | San Tan Valley Sentinel

More than $122 million in repairs and upgrades planned for Johnson Utilities water and sewer systems in the next three years include a complete closure of the notorious smelly Section 11 wastewater plant on the north side of Magic Ranch.

Officials from interim operator EPCOR held a public meeting Monday at Central Arizona College’s San Tan Campus to acquaint customers with their accomplishments and next steps, following 53 weeks of EPCOR running Johnson Utilities.

Jeff Stuck, vice president of operations for EPCOR water, said the company has greatly reduced the incidence of sanitary sewer overflows, and for the last three or four months, any overflow “is the result of somebody else’s activity, not the utility itself.”

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