PKWSC board members taking positions are, left to right, Merton Fewell, who takes the position once held by resigning member Mike Rhoden; Ruth White and
PKWSC board members taking positions are, left to right, Merton Fewell, who takes the position once held by resigning member Mike Rhoden; Ruth White and Frank Foster, both remaining on the board. (Mark Engebretson)
The annual meeting of the Possum Kingdom Water Supply Corp. was a much quieter session than the meeting following last year’s July 4 holiday which saw PKWSC run out of water.
This year there was only one other visitor.
The main topic of the meeting was the election of three directors, however, three candidates were unopposed and, under state law, no election was required.
Retaining their positions on the board were Ruth White and Frank Foster. Mike Rhoden did not seek re-election to the board, Merton Fewell ran for that position and is now a member of the board.
Ted Lewellen, board president, did highlight actions that have occurred over the past few months. He said water availability and the number of visitors during the July 4 holiday led to some changes in outdoor watering this year. With widespread landscape watering, PKWSC customers in several areas lost service.
“We’re taking a plan into being which, hopefully, will eliminate part of that,” Lewellen said.
He explained that the plant was designed and built for a particular amount of production.
In another item, Lewellen said the Brazos River Authority had increased the cost of water by 5 percent per acre-foot.
“Our residential rate remains the same,” he added. “We’ve increased the rate for use over 10,000 gallons.”
Sue Cathey, PKWSC business operations manager, said the increase in that rate does not apply to businesses.

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Another major problem PKWSC faces is leaks in unoccupied homes.
“It’s a big number of problems for us,” he said. “It does a lot of property damage. Turn things off when you’re not here.”
Cathey announced earlier that the outdoor water restrictions for the July 4 holiday will begin Saturday, June 28, and continue through Sunday, July 6.
“We’re saying no outdoor watering, period,” she emphasized. “That includes pools.”
In addition, Cathey said signs are being made for different developments advising visitors and property owners of the restrictions.