News Release      
  For Immediate Release | 6-13-18      
  Media Contact | Nick Debus      
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Commissioners Vote to Open New Johnson Utilities, LLC Docket
PHOENIX – Arizona Corporation Commissioners yesterday voted to instruct staff to proceed with a new docket to investigate new issues within the Johnson Utilities, LLC service territory in San Tan Valley. This decision comes on the heels of Chairman Tom Forese filing a letter to the online docket and Commissioner Justin Olson publishing a press release outlining concerns with decreased water pressure and the pulling of meters across San Tan Valley. On June 8 Commissioner Andy Tobin sent a letter to staff asking that a new docket be opened to investigate these new issues in San Tan Valley.

Commissioners highlight a May 28 report of a well motor failure causing one of Johnson Utilities, LLC’s wells to go offline which likely contributed to the decrease in water pressure for the utility’s customers. Additionally, the utility reportedly pulled over 30 water meters across San Tan Valley, resulting in an abrupt stop to various construction projects in the area.

Because of these issues, the Commission felt it was appropriate and necessary to open a new docket to investigate these matters on an expedited basis. By opening the new investigation, the existing Order to Show Cause proceeding will not be postponed.

A procedural conference will be held tomorrow to determine the hearing schedule. Additionally, Commissioners ordered that the Recommended Opinion & Order be completed by July 31, 2018.
To view the Commission’s online docket for this matter please visit and enter docket number WS-02987A-18-0151.

Chairman Forese’s letter can be viewed here.

Commissioner Olson’s press release can be viewed here.    
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