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ADEQ files a $100M suit vs water company, citing violations

May 23, 2019

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has filed a $100 million lawsuit against a San Tan Valley water company over alleged water-quality violations.

ADEQ officials say the 57-count civil complaint comes after Johnson Utilities allegedly violated numerous water-quality laws for the approximately 35,000 customers they service in parts of Florence, Queen Creek and the San Tan Valley.

The suit was filed Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Johnson Utilities didn’t immediately respond to an emailed request for comment Thursday.

ADEQ officials say they have received nearly 300 complaints from community members about Johnson Utilities since 2017, accounting for 68 percent of the total complaints received by its Water Quality Division.

Johnson Utilities has been the subject of scrutiny for several years over rate increases and water quality.

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