Johnson Utilities effluent would be passed through QC with interconnection deal; Court Rich, Rose Law Group co-founder, calls it a ‘key agreement.’

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From left are Councilmember Emilena Turley, Vice Mayor Julia Wheatley and Councilmember Jeff Brown at a Queen Creek Town Council meeting.

(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents landowners and homebuilders working with the ACC to find a utility solution in the Johnson Utilities service area.)

By Richard Dyer | Queen Creek Independent

The town of Queen Creek has agreed to connect its wastewater system with an East Valley utility that may get a new owner after years of struggle.

The Queen Creek Town Council voted unanimously Oct. 7 to approve a motion with three items: the material terms for a wastewater system interconnection agreement between the town and Johnson Utilities LLC through its interim manager, EPCOR Water Arizona Inc., for the Pecan Water Reclamation Facility; delegating authority to the town’s manager and attorney to negotiate, finalize and execute an agreement; and authorizing town staff to negotiate with EPCOR for a wastewater interconnection agreement in relation to the Section 11 Wastewater Treatment Plant.

No town funds would be used if 1 million gallons per day of wastewater that would have been processed by Johnson Utilities is diverted to flow through Queen Creek to Gilbert to be treated in a planned interconnection agreement.

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“Queen Creek has long held the key to maintaining the viability of this area while Johnson Utilities’ infrastructure is repaired and constructed to handle the significant growth in the area. While this is a key agreement, another agreement is still needed to help upwards of 22 square miles of territory that would connect to the Section 11 plant where development remains prohibited. Queen Creek and EPCOR should continue to push forward with this next agreement to solve the last major problem plaguing the Johnson service territory.”

Court Rich, Rose Law Group Co-Founder
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