Scioto Water, Inc. - About Us


       Back in the middle to late 1960's, several men and women got together with a common goal; The desire to bring a safe supply of potable water to their respective areas in the most economical way feasible. These men and women, "The Originals", volunteered their free time, and spent money out of their own pockets to go door-to-door speaking to people in the communities to see if there was enough interest to continue pursuing this goal. These men and women worked diligently for several years meeting with Government officials, holding public meetings, and talking with potential customers until finally, through their unselfish efforts and hard work, Scioto Water, Inc. was formed and became a "Private Not-For-Profit Corporation" on October 10, 1969.
       Through tap fees collected from potential customers and loans and grants from the United States Department of Agriculture - Rural Development (formerly known as the Farmers Home Administration), plans were drawn up in 1970. In 1971 and 1972 construction of the initial distribution systems began. Since that time we have had three other major "Phases" of construction and several extension of existing systems in which new lines, pump stations and tanks were added to help serve others.
       Over the years, Scioto Water's distribution systems became divided into three distinct areas of service. The Rose Hill System, the East End System, and the West Side Systems.
       The last "Phase" of major construction occurred from 1994 -1998 and was concentrated in the Rose Hill system. This included the construction of the Lewis "Bud" Gearheart water treatment facility on Fairground Road in Lucasville, approximately 35 miles of new water mains (ranging in size from 16" to 8") from that plant to the Village of Oak Hill, the installation of two storage tanks, and several thousand feet of side lines branching off of the mains to serve areas nearby. Another key factor of that project allowed Scioto Water to install "tie-ins" to existing parts of the existing Rose Hill system to help alleviate pressure and volume problems in areas where the old system had "outgrown" itself.

 The "Phase V' project in almost completed with just a few more lines to be tied into our East End system. This project included some much needed improvements to the existing treatment plant in Lucasville, and to the Rose Hill distribution service area with the addition of new lines and extra storage.
       "Phase V" also included the construction of a new Water Treatment Plant in Franklin Furnace and improvements to the East End distribution systems with new lines and additional storage as well. We began treating and pumping our own water into the East End system in the later part of August 2014 and have just a few more lines to tie into the new distribution lines that were installed. Production has already increased to over 15 MGM (million gallons per month)!

       These men and women were "the original" Board Members listed on the first set of plans drawn for Scioto Water, Inc. by Commonwealth Systems Corporation, Environmental Engineers & Consultants of Greenwood, Indiana.

Because of their efforts, it is only fitting that they be recognized on this website.

       Elmer Bihl - President                              Luke Adams - Vice President
       Norma J. Smith - Secretary                     Reynolds Warren - Treasurer
       Howard Bennett - Member                      Ruben Bennet - Member
       Eljay Boggs - Member                             Herschel Conley - Member
       Dexter Hacker - Member                         Margaret Hall - Member
       Oscar Hunt - Member                              Walter Ishmael - Member
       Eugene Knore - Member                         Corbet Lovely - Member
       Curtiss Medley - Member                        Eugene Montgomery - Member
       Paul Montgomery - Member                    Garry Osborne - Member
       Ruth Rigsby - Member                            Harold Sexton - Member
       John Sherman - Member                        G. M. Sparks - Member
       Donald Spradlin - Member                      Homer Stanley - Member
       Robert Uhl - Member                              Carl Williams - Member
       Georgia Woods - Member                       Thurl Blume - Attorney


These are the current Board Members of Scioto Water, Inc.

       John Barkhurst - President                     Ron Powell - Vice President
       J. Troy Huff - Secretary                          Jim Miller - Treasurer
       Julie Simmering - Member                      Roger Gallimore - Member