Town of Queen Creek initiates agreement to increase water capacity, sustain future growth

The Town of Queen Creek has entered into a water rights purchase agreement that, once approved by state and federal officials, will diversify the town’s water supply, providing a sustainable source of water to ensure long-term, generational access to water. “The town is committed to ensuring the sustainability of Queen Creek today and into the […]

Groundwater-replenishment costs lowering for many Queen Creek property tax bills

Beginning in fiscal year 2020-21, Queen Creek water customers who were paying $721 an acre-foot for groundwater-replenishment costs in their property-tax bills will be paying approximately $300 an acre-foot. An acre-foot is a common measurement for water and is 325,851 gallons — or enough water to cover an acre of land, about the size of […]

Groundwater credits policy revised by Queen Creek Town Council

A policy on the application of groundwater credits to subdivisions enrolled in the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District has been revised by the Queen Creek Town Council. The council voted unanimously March 20 to approve the item in a resolution. Council members Jake Hoffman and Julia Wheatley voted by phone. As required under the Arizona […]

ADEQ: Potential for unpermitted discharge of treated water from Pecan Water Reclamation Plant into Queen Creek wash

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality was notified by EPCOR on Feb. 20 that an unpermitted discharge of treated effluent may be necessary from the Pecan Water Reclamation Plant into Queen Creek wash. The Pecan Water Reclamation Plant is at 38539 N. Gantzel Road in San Tan Valley. EPCOR was appointed by the Arizona Corporation […]

Baxley-Gores: Water conservation needs to be a priority in Queen Creek

As an Arizona native, I recognize the importance of water conservation in our great state.  In our household, we make every attempt to conserve water as much as possible and where practical. Unfortunately, I live in a neighborhood here in Queen Creek, that has strict HOA guidelines that actually “prohibits” desert- or zero-scape yards.  We […]

Paper of record: The stories that defined Queen Creek in 2018

In 2018 the Queen Creek Independent covered the ins and outs of the community, offering reporting of local issues. Issues like what was new with Johnson Utilities, preparing for what’s next after a 21-year drought, preventing suicides, planning for the 70-square-mile San Tan Valley, the latest on annexations and the boundaries of new schools. The […]

Supervisors to vote on dissolving Queen Creek Domestic Water Improvement District

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 30 are to vote on a resolution dissolving the Queen Creek Domestic Water Improvement District. All obligations of the improvement district have been paid in full and operation and maintenance have been taken over by the Town of Queen Creek. The district is in the general area […]

Unpermitted discharge of treated water into Queen Creek Wash has stopped, ADEQ says

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality issued a water quality advisory on Jan. 11 for the unpermitted discharge of recycled water from Johnson Utilities’ Pecan Water Reclamation Plant into Queen Creek Wash in the San Tan Valley area. EPCOR notified ADEQ that the discharge has stopped and this advisory is no longer in effect, ADEQ […]

Hurricane tag team of Rosa and Sergio set rainfall records for October

First there was Rosa, then came Sergio. Remnants of those downgraded hurricanes helped set rainfall records for Phoenix and made this the wettest October since record keeping began in 1895. Phoenix is 2.55 inches above the year-to-date normal. The steady rains flooded roads, closed schools and briefly shut down the Arizona State Fair, but Arizona’s […]

Queen Creek Domestic Water Improvement District bonds before county supervisors

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, as members of an improvement district, are slated on Wednesday to vote on the calling of bonds by the K91, Queen Creek Domestic Water Improvement District. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19 in the Supervisors’ Auditorium, 205 W. Jefferson in Phoenix. The agenda is at Property […]