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Queen Creek Votes to Take More from San Tan Valley


On May 20, 2020 the Town of Queen held their normally scheduled Town Council meeting.  Today, the town sent out a press release boasting about their decision to condemn and acquire Diversified Water company, another private water company that currently services San Tan Valley residents.  

The press release is published below: 

During the May 20 meeting, the Queen Creek Town Council approved the pursuit of a consensual condemnation action to acquire the Diversified Water Utilities system. Located adjacent to the southeast corner of the Town's water service area, the Diversified Water Utilities system has excess capacity in its wells, storage and pumping. The excess capacity enhances the Town's existing water system and being part of the Town's larger system provides redundancy and increased reliability to Diversified's customers.

"This is a strategic acquisition that benefits all parties," stated Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney. "In addition to providing additional capacity, infrastructure and price stability for both the Queen Creek and Diversified systems, integration of both systems allows for improved efficiencies and seamless service to all customers. It is important to note that expanding our water service area is not an annexation - the Diversified water service area would remain in unincorporated Pinal County."

Rates for existing Queen Creek water customers will remain the same. When the Town completes the acquisition of Diversified, rates for current Diversified customers will also remain unchanged. 

The Town and the owner of Diversified have agreed to the fair market value for the Town's acquisition of the utility through a consensual condemnation. This requires the Town to initiate a condemnation and the owner, Diversified, agrees to the transfer of assets through condemnation. The Town is anticipated to take ownership of the Diversified Water Utilities system upon entry of the consensual condemnation judgment by the end of 2020.

While Mayor Barney stated that "this is a strategic acquisition that benefits all parties," many San Tan Valley residents disagreed.  "They only care about what can benefit them, regardless of the negative effects to others," said a disappointed San Tan Valley resident.

This dubious acquisition is total bullsh*#t!... This predatory municipality doesn't give two-turds about the folks, such as those in "Little Mexico", who rely on this water.

IMO, the town will tap into Diversified existing wells and divert this water to feed the "McMansions" being built in the town's new subdivisions.

by J.D.A

What do you think about the Town's decision? had been sent some questions from residents so we thought we'd ask them here.  Let us know what you think!

  • Do you agree that the town continues to "take" from San Tan Valley, without any regard for how it affects San Tan Valley today or in the future?  
  • Do you think the residents in the area should have been consulted prior to the decision being made by the town?  
  • Once a municipality acquires a utility, the Arizona Corporation Commission no longer has any oversight, which means that the San Tan Valley residents being served by Diversified Water will have even less of a voice, as those living outside of the Town of Queen Creek are not able to vote on any issues including rates, policies or procedures regarding their water provider.  Do you think this is right?
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