EPCOR release a statement earlier today and provided a full update to the Arizona Corporation Commission this morning. A full recap from that meeting will be available soon.

EPCOR representatives wanted to get additional information out to the community regarding the discharge at the Pecan treatment plant. That statement is as follows:

“I wanted to personally reach out to you and provide clarification regarding the news release that was issued by ADEQ last night regarding a discharge of fully treated A+ effluent from the Johnson Utilities Pecan treatment plant.”

“The Johnson Utilities Pecan treatment plant collects and treats wastewater to an A+ effluent standard consistent with irrigation water used by golf courses, public parks and other similar uses across Arizona. Once the treatment process is completed, the A+ effluent water is delivered to users or recharged using onsite recharge and basins.”

“As EPCOR has previously stated and as has been confirmed by the October 2018 engineering analysis, the Pecan wastewater treatment facility is in critical need of infrastructure improvements and is at and, at times, over capacity. We have been working since last fall to find additional uses for the extra fully treated effluent this plant produces, and have notified ADEQ that we are in the process of submitting a discharge permit application for this plant.”

“Earlier this week, EPCOR notified ADEQ that because the onsite basins were full and the current users didn’t have any additional capacity, we would need to discharge some of the effluent to Queen Creek wash beginning on Wednesday, January 9. Permit-required water sampling confirmed that there was no adverse impact to public or environmental health. While this effluent release was unpermitted, ADEQ was notified in advance.”

“We appreciate ADEQ’s partnership as we continue to improve the Johnson Utilities systems, and we also appreciate their responsibility to protect public health. However, it is important to note that the effluent was tested prior to ADEQ’s January 11, 2019 news release and there is no cause for concern. This fully treated water is the same water that is routinely used by golf courses and other public areas. In addition, it incorrectly stated that this discharge was related to prior sewer overflows. It is not – the recent rains caused higher than usual effluent levels. We have requested that ADEQ issue an updated notice.”

“We want to reiterate, again, our team’s full commitment to the Johnson Utilities systems and the communities of Florence and Queen Creek. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.”

“If you have any questions about this discharge, please feel free to reach out to me or my staff and we will be more than happy to further assist you.”

You can see the original article regarding the effluent discharge posted on Saturday, January 12: