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 […]

Water-smart workshop Feb. 9 on irrigation controllers

Looking to beautify your outdoor spaces in 2019? Whether you are searching for a professional to do the job or plan on doing the work yourself, understanding the basics could save you a substantial amount of time and money. The town offers free classes for Queen Creek utility customers. With eight classes to choose from, […]

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 EPCOR notified ADEQ that the discharge has stopped and this advisory is no longer in effect, ADEQ […]

Unpermitted discharge of treated water into Queen Creek reported in San Tan Valley, ADEQ says

[Update: On Jan. 15, ADEQ said in a release, “There is no impact to Johnson Utilities’ drinking water systems and there has not been a release of untreated sewage into the environment.” Also, “EPCOR notified ADEQ of a spill of treated recycled water on Jan. 6 and an impending controlled release on Jan. 7. ADEQ […]

Jan. 12 water-smart workshop in Queen Creek on planning, installing shading

A permaculture teacher will explain the process of choosing various options for shading homes, gardens and social spaces at the Jan. 12 water-smart workshop in Queen Creek. It is 9-10:30 a.m. at Historic Town Hall, 22358 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. Learn how to observe the environment to choose the right combination of shading […]

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 […]

Supervisors slated to cancel mail election for Queen Creek Irrigation District

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 24 is slated to vote in a consent agenda to cancel a Nov. 13 mail-ballot election for the Queen Creek Irrigation District. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Supervisors’ Auditorium, 205 W. Jefferson in Phoenix. The irrigation district election was to fill a vacancy […]

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 maricopa.gov. Property […]