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HISTORY OF SOUTH ANDERSON WATER DISTRICT


THE SOUTH ANDERSON WATER DISTRICT WAS ONLY AN IDEA WHEN IN EARLY 1967 A GROUP OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS APPROACHED THE MEMBER SERVICES DEPARTMENT OF THE FOX CREEK RURAL ELECTRIC CO-OP AND REQUESTED GUIDANCE ON HOW TO FORM AN ENTITY TO PROVIDE SAFE DRINKING WATER TO RURAL ANDERSON COUNTY RESIDENTS.

COMMUNITY MEMBERS, FOX CREEK RURAL ELECTRIC CO-OP STAFF AND LOCAL POLITICAL LEADERS WORKED TOGETHER IN MAY 1967 THE SOUTH ANDERSON WATER DISTRICT WAS CREATED.  INITIAL EFFORTS TO ACQUIRE FUNDING FOR SUCH A PROJECT FAILED, BUT IN 1974 THE QUEST WAS RENEWED AND THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT WERE MORE DETERMINED THAN EVER TO MAKE THIS IDEA A REALITY.  DISTRICT OFFICIALS CONTACTED THE FARMERS HOME ADMINISTRATION WITH REGARD TO FUNDING SUCH A PROJECT AND ON THEIR ADVICE HIRED AN ATTORNEY AND AN ENGINEERING FIRM TO DESIGN A WATER SYSTEM.  INITIAL SYSTEM DESIGN WAS COMPLETED IN JUNE OF 1975; REQUIRED EASEMENTS COMPLETED IN AUGUST OF THE SAME YEAR AND IN LATE AUGUST OF 1975 BIDS WERE RECEIVED FOR THE DISTRICTS 1ST PROJECT.

THAT FIRST (1ST) PROJECT CONSISTED OF A 100,000 GALLON WATER TANK AND TEN AND TWO TENS (10.2) MILES OF WATER MAIN AT A COST OF APPROXIMATELY FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND ($450,000.00) DOLLARS.  THIS INITIAL PROJECT WOULD GO ON TO SERVE ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-NINE (179) CUSTOMERS AND THE DISTRICT WAS ON ITS WAY.  THE DISTRICT HAS CONTINUED TO EXPAND THROUGHOUT THE YEARS WITH THE PHASE II EXPANSION IN 1981, PHASE III IN 1988, PHASE IV IN 1994, PHASE V IN 2002, PHASE VI IN 2006 AND PHASE VII IN 2012.  WITH THESE MULTIPLE EXPANSIONS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS THE DISTRICT HAS GROWN FROM ITS INITIAL 10.2 MILES AND ONE (1) STORAGE TANK TO OVER TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE (225) MILES OF WATER MAIN, SIX (6) STORAGE TANKS AND OVER TWO THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED (2,800) CUSTOMERS.

THE DISTRICT OVER THE YEARS HAS EXPANDED TO SUPPLY WATER TO OUR SERVICE BOUNDARY AREA AND WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WITH THE COMPLETION OF OUR PHASE VII EXPANSION IN EARLY 2014 THAT NINETY-NINE (99%) OF ROADS IN OUR AREA HAVE A POTABLE WATER SUPPLY AND ALL OF OUR SERVICE BOUNDARY RESIDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO CLEAN DRINKING WATER.

IN THE FUTURE OUR COMMISSIONERS AND STAFF WISH TO MAINTAIN THE RELIABLE SERVICE OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE DEPENDED ON SINCE 1975 AND CONTINUE TO IMPROVE AND UPDATE OUR SYSTEM TO REMAIN AS A VIABLE RESOURCE TO THE RESIDENTS OF RURAL ANDERSON COUNTY.