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Corporation Commission Lifts Moratorium On New Water Hookups In San Tan Valley

One of the nation’s fastest growing real estate markets will face fewer restrictions on new homes this year.

After Johnson Utilities customers complained of repeated water outages and sewage overflows, the Corporation Commission appointed EPCOR as an interim manager for the utility in 2018.

The commission also imposed limits on 4 sections of the Johnson service area, allowing only one new water hookup per development per month.

Those limits have now been removed. 

The Arizona Corporation Commission lifted a moratorium on new hookups for customers in the Johnson Utilities service area on Dec. 17, 2019.

Commissioner Justin Olson said housing developers had consistently expressed how critical it was to allow new water hookups in the area. 

“This is people's livelihoods that we’re talking about," Oslson said, "folks who work through the entire supply chain of new home construction.”

Olson said the new hookup fees will be invested in the utility’s infrastructure and added the interim manager is confident they can meet demand for current and new customers in 2020.

Jimmy Jenkins was a producer and senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2014 to 2021.