For years, residents in the Nigton-Wakefield communities have been waiting for running water. Both towns still depend on water wells to wash clothes, cook, and bathe.
Some never thought they'd see the day they no longer had to get water from a well. After 32 years in Nigton, Mike Giles says it's about time the town got an updated water supply system. The money his family spends driving to and from Lufkin to buy bottled water will soon go toward a water bill.
"This water over here, this groundwater and this well water, it's not any good, 'cause you can make coffee or tea with it, and it'll put a film up on top of it. It's not good. My wife sent a sample off to the Texas Water Control Board, and they told her, don't use it. It's not potable water. You can't filter it enough."
It may not look like much now, but soon a 600-foot deep hole in the ground will be the new and improved water system for the Nigton and Wakefield communities.
Ida Guice has waited and waited and waited for the end of well water. She moved to Nigton 45 years ago.
"Just knowing that we're about to is making me happy all over again. When Apple Springs got their water, about five of us paid the deposit to get water, but then they couldn't run it all the way down here. So, ever since then, we've been wishing and waiting."
Some of the wells in Nigton are 20 to 30 years old. Community leaders accepted close to a million dollars from the federal government to build the new system.
Nigton and nearby Wakefield residents hope to have their new water system up and running by the first of October. For years, the towns had separate wells, but recently joined together to share the new water system.