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Commissioners Approve Capital Improvement Plan for Johnson Utilities

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For Immediate Release | 7-19-2019

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Commissioners Approve Capital Improvement Plan for Johnson Utilities

Extensive upgrades authorized for water and wastewater system

PHOENIX —  Commissioners order EPCOR Water Arizona, Inc., while acting as Interim Manager of Johnson Utilities, LLC, to commence work on 70 projects identified in a 3-year capital improvement plan. The plan, as proposed by EPCOR, anticipates 22 wastewater projects totaling $67,760,000 and 48 water projects totaling $61,720,000 for an overall 2019-2022 capital improvement project total of $129,480,000.

Johnson Utilities provides water and wastewater service to the public in portions of Pinal County, Arizona. Last summer, Commissioners found the utility company to be in violation of its duty to provide service and equipment that is in all respects just, reasonable, safe, proper, adequate, and sufficient. Commissioners then directed Corporation Commission staff to install an interim manager to assume operation of Johnson Utilities. On August 14, 2018, Corporation Commission staff entered into an agreement with EPCOR Water Arizona Inc. for interim management services.

As part of the interim manager agreement, the interim manager consented to submit a proposal to the Commission to include a description of any additional work needed within the utility company’s systems. On June 19, 2019, EPCOR submitted a copy of a proposed 3-year capital improvement plan to address supply, capacity, and compliance issues in the Johnson Utilities service area.

The Commission found it was in the public interest to direct Johnson Utilities to fund the capital improvements identified in the 3-year capital improvement plan. It was noted during Thursday’s meeting that project costs and descriptions will be refined as planning and design work continues.

All documents, including amendments and the 3-year capital improvement plan may be found in the Corporation Commission’s online docket at and entering docket number WS-02987A-18-0050.

A complete broadcast of the Commissioner’s July 18, 2019 Open Meeting is available on the Corporation Commission’s website:

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