By BRAD KELLAR
A Hunt County company which supplies water to thousands of area homes and businesses is celebrating a half-century of operations today.
A 50th Anniversary Celebration is scheduled starting at 2 p.m. this afternoon for the Cash Special Utility District, at the district’s administration offices at 172 FM 1564 East below the water tower at the intersection of State Highway 34. The event is expected to include a short ceremony covering the district’s history.
According to the district’s website, the Cash Special Utility District began in 1963 as the Cash Water Supply Corporation, formed under the rural water program of the Farmers Home Administration. The original system as constructed in 1964 served approximately 200 customers around the Cash community. The system purchased treated water from the City of Greenville.
In 1970 a new construction program added a waterline upgrade and the corporation’s treatment plant on Lake Tawakoni. The construction allowed an additional capacity of 750 meters.
In 1979 the Corporation entered into a wholesale water purchase agreement with the North Texas Municipal Water District to provide approximately one-half of the Corporation’s water supply demand at that time.
An $8 million new construction program was undertaken in 1995 and was completed in 1999. It included the addition of 500,000 feet (almost 100 miles) of waterline upgrades, nearly tripling the effective treatment plant size to 2.7 million gallons per day (MGD) and the addition of four (4) 200,000-gallon elevated towers.
Another $2 million construction program was started in 2000 adding another 200,000-gallon elevated tower, 182,000 feet of waterline, and two new pump stations and doubling the size of the treatment plant to 4.2 MGD.
During 2003 the corporation converted to a special utility district, refinanced existing debt, and started another 4.2 million dollar construction program which included treatment plant improvements, pump station improvements, new waterlines, installation of radio read meters, and a new customer service center.
Over subsequent years the district has continued to grow and now serves in excess of 5,800 residential meters, more than 18,000 persons.
The district also supplies wholesale water to nine area communities and school districts.