The Queen Creek Town Council recently 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, according to a release.
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, it states.
“This is a strategic acquisition that benefits all parties,” Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney said in the release. “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 release states.
The town and the owner of Diversified Water Utilities 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 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, according to the release.
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