PUBLIC NOTICE | Proposed AZPDES Permit (AZ0026204) Coverage for the Pecan Water Reclamation Facility

Public Notice No. 19-22

Published in Arizona Business Gazette on Dec. 5, 2019

AZPDES Permit No. AZ0026204

ADEQ proposes to issue an Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (AZPDES) permit to discharge pollutants to Waters of the United States to the following applicant, subject to certain effluent limitations and special conditions:


Johnson Utilities LLC
5230 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254


EPCOR Water Arizona Inc.
2355 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85027

Facility Information

EPCOR was installed as interim manager of Johnson Utilities by the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2018. As interim manager of Johnson Utilities, EPCOR is the current operator and permittee of the Pecan Water Reclamation Facility (WRF). Any future operator or operators of the Pecan WRF will be responsible for environmental compliance at the facility, including compliance with this permit during their tenure as operator.

As interim manager, EPCOR applied for a new AZPDES permit for the proposed discharge of up to 4 million gallons per day of treated wastewater from the Pecan Water Reclamation Facility. EPCOR proposed to reopen the subsurface discharge leach field that is directly underneath Queen Creek (Outfall 001), and add two other new outfalls (Outfalls 002 and 003). The discharge from Outfalls 001, 002 and 003 are all to Queen Creek, tributary of the East Maricopa Floodway, which is a tributary to the Gila River in the Middle Gila River Basin in Township 2 S, Range 8 E, Section 29 in Pinal County, Arizona. The Pecan WRF is a privately owned treatment works that receives domestic wastewater from residential and commercial sources in Queen Creek. Sludge is stabilized in an aerobic digester and then dewatered for land application or landfill disposal.

Review Documents

Original Published Public Notice | View/Print > 
Draft Permit | View > 
Draft Fact Sheet | View >

You may also review the above documentation in person at the ADEQ Record Center | Learn How >

Public Comment Period 

Dates: Dec. 5, 2019 – Jan. 19, 2020

Comments may be submitted as follows:
     By Email | Send Email > 
     By Mail (Must be postmarked or received by Jan. 19, 2020):

       Swathi Kasanneni
       Water Quality Division
       1110 W. Washington Street
       Phoenix, AZ  85007

Public Hearing

You may also comment in person at the following public hearing:

Date: Jan. 7, 2020
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Central Arizona College (San Tan Campus) Rooms A 100 & 101
                   3736 E. Bella Vista Road
                   San Tan Valley, AZ 85143