For years, the people who live in the Nigton and Wakefield communities have depended on 20- and 30-year-old wells for daily living activities, like cooking, cleaning, and washing. Now, many of them have running water in their homes for the first time in their lives.
Freddie Spencer is very proud of his lush garden of purple hull peas and corn. Taking care of that garden will be much easier now that he has running water. It's been more than two weeks since his water got turned on, but after waiting nine years to get onto the new metered system, he still can't believe it.
"You won't have to worry about your pump [on your well] going out," said Spencer. "My pump went out the same day I hooked up, [but] I didn't have to worry about it at all."
Billy Ray Olson is the resident inspector for the new water system. He's also a Wakefield resident. Olson has never had running water in his own home during the 30 years he's lived there.
"We finally got it done," said Olson. "It was a long job, but we got it and everybody's happy now."
But for many Nigton-Wakefield residents, an up-to-date water system isn't just about convenience. The improvements also mean a cheaper water system, lower insurance rates, and higher property values.
"I knew it was gonna come, but I didn't know when because we kept waiting and waiting," said Spencer. "You know when you're dealing with the government, you have to wait on them."
The Nigton-Wakefield Water Supply Board has a one-year deal with an Alto company to fix any problems with the new metered system at no cost.