Stinky and nasty mess flowing through a neighborhood in San Tan Valley

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Sewage was recorded coming out of a manhole in San Tan Valley. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Sewage was recorded coming out of a manhole in San Tan Valley. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Residents are upset at Johnson Utilities over sewage coming out of a manhole. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Residents are upset at Johnson Utilities over sewage coming out of a manhole. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Sewage was spotted coming out of a manhole cover again in San Tan Valley. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Sewage was spotted coming out of a manhole cover again in San Tan Valley. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

"In the three and a half to four years I’ve lived here it's happened about six times," said Jerod Miller, a San Tan Valley resident.

[RELATED: Raw sewage bubbling up from manhole covers in San Tan Valley]

Miller’s cell phone video shows the raging river of raw sewage running out of a manhole cover and down the wash that is right outside his front door.

He took the video Sunday night as he was leaving to go to church.

"I walked out, and I was hit with a strong odor. It smelled like an outhouse. It was awful, a smell that could just knock you down," said Miller.

He immediately called Johnson Utilities to report it, but no one called him back or came out to stop it.

"Just brown like a brown river running down into the wash," said Miller.

On Monday, a manager from the Johnson Utilities treatment facility located behind Miller's house told him it was equipment failure. That something had stopped working, and they were looking into it.

We called and emailed Johnson Utilities and even stopped by their offices in San Tan Valley to try and get answers to why this was happening but we were turned away and told that corporate would contact us.

A water truck was spotted on Tuesday spraying water on the rocks near the manhole cover where the sewage was coming from.

"Yeah they came out with a water truck and sprayed and rinsed it, but they didn't clean it," said Miller.

He doesn't feel Johnson Utilities is taking the matter seriously and is concerned for the health of his family.

"I don't feel good about it, feel safe. Obviously, no one wants to live with a running river of sewage on a regular basis," said Miller.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is aware of the sewage spill and is working with and monitoring Johnson Utilities.

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