New Arizona law helps protect vulnerable adults, seniors from financial exploitation

The Arizona Corporation Commission will be enforcing Arizona’s newest law to protect vulnerable adults and senior investors from financial exploitation. SB 1483 went into effect Aug. 27, allowing securities dealers and investment advisory firms to report suspected or attempted financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and delay such a disbursement or transaction, according to a […]

Johnson Utilities interim manager reports improvement in water pressure

The Arizona Corporation Commission on Sept. 11 held its monthly open meeting to discuss and vote on various water, electric, gas and securities agenda items, which included Johnson Utilities. During an update from Johnson Utilities LLC interim manager, Epcor said it has made great strides in water pressure concerns after reports of low water pressure, […]

Johnson Utilities matters before AZ Corporation Commission held due to court action

A temporary restraining order prevented the Arizona Corporation Commission on July 11 from voting on a proposed three-year capital improvement plan for Johnson Utilities LLC. The utility company filed the order in Maricopa County Superior court July 10, according to a release from the ACC. “The judge held a telephonic hearing and, stating she did […]

Town Hall for Johnson Utilities wastewater customers May 23 in San Tan Valley

A town hall meeting has been scheduled to hear from residents of San Tan Valley regarding Johnson Utilities LLC on its wastewater treatment plant and related items. The town hall starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the Central Arizona College, San Tan Valley Campus, 3736 E. Bella Vista Rod. The purpose of the […]

Arizona Corporation Commission updated on Johnson Utilities, Queen Creek interconnection agreement

The Arizona Corporation Commission on April 23 discussed and voted on various water, electric, railroad and securities agenda items and received an update from EPCOR Water Arizona Inc., the interim manager of Johnson Utilities LLC in San Tan Valley. “Representatives from EPCOR provided details on its finance, human resources and operations efforts to restore reliable […]

Arizona Corporation Commission elects Bob Burns as new chairman

The Arizona Corporation Commission on Jan. 7 elected a new chairman following the departure of former Chairman Tom Forese. Commissioners voted to elect Commissioner Bob Burns as the body’s new chairman, according to a release. “I wish to thank the commissioners for providing me the opportunity to serve them as their chairman as we work […]

SRP receives OK for Southeast Power Link through Queen Creek, Mesa

The Arizona Corporation Commission this week unanimously approved a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility for an SRP power line project. SRP officials stated in a release that the Southeast Power Link “will enable Salt River Project to meet growing energy needs in the Southeast Valley.” Wednesday’s approval was the final step of the application for the […]

Commissioners to host public comment forums on Johnson Utilities, prior to vote on rate increase

The Arizona Corporation Commission will conduct six public comment forums over two days to hear outstanding issues, complaints and input from customers of Johnson Utilities. The public comment forums — scheduled for Feb. 20-21 in San Tan Valley — are to give customers the opportunity to have their voices heard by commissioners prior to their […]

Arizona Corporation Commission’s annual report online

The Arizona Corporation Commission’s annual report is available on the commission’s website. The report outlines the commission’s achievements during fiscal year 2016-17., Over the past year, the commission took action to protect utility customers, ensure reliable services to small water companies, connect rural Arizona to broadband and created new processes to streamline the formation of […]

San Tan Valley residents concerned about access to water after standpipe almost closes, then is vandalized

A group of San Tan Valley residents are wondering where their water will come from.
About 125 people haul their water or receive water hauled by another party from a dispensing mechanism called a standpipe. In San Tan Valley, it is owned and operated by Johnson Utilities, which wants to discontinue the service.
Customers thought a ruling from a state agency denying the closure would give them a reprieve to fight a future discontinuance of service, but now the keypad clients use to access the standpipe has been vandalized, preventing anyone from accessing the water until it is fixed.
“I’m shocked,” Tim Horn, owner of Tim Horn Cutting Horses, told CBS 5 News, the Independent’s news media partner. “I can’t believe somebody would do this.”
Mr. Horn, a horse trainer with numerous horses and cattle, prefers to haul his own water to save costs, according to a press release. Having to pay someone to haul that large quantity for him, or driving 45 minutes one-way to Apache Junction or Florence, where the nearest standpipes are located, could be financially disastrous, according to the release.