San Jacinto Special Utility District
San Jacinto Special Utility District office is conveniently located off the town square in Coldspring Texas in the county seat of San Jacinto County. The water company was incorporated as San Jacinto Water Supply Corporation with five board members on May 24, 1968. We received our first loan in 1969 for $195,000 from Rural Development. In April of that year Layne Texas drilled our first well 700 ft. at 200 Fm 1514 here in Coldspring. In early 1975, we received our second loan of $118,000 from Rural Development and in the summer had well #2 drilled to 500 ft. by Frye Drilling at 200 Foster St. and set a 30,000 gallon ground storage tank. Nine years later, with our town growing had to have well site #3 drilled to a depth of 970 ft. by Key Water Well at 72 Church St. and had our first elevated storage tank of 100,000 gallons set. In 1987, the office building that we currently operate from was built with the help of the community of Coldspring. As time passed we again outgrew ourselves and in June of 1996 had well site #4 drilled at 200 Steen Ln. at a depth of 1040 ft. by Russell Drilling and installed another elevated storage tank of 150,000 gallons.
With obvious growth, upgrading our infrastructure was in serious need so we took out our third loan in 2005 for $1,039,000 from Rural Development to upsize most of the trunk lines servicing Coldspring and surrounding areas of our CCN. In 2006, we received our fourth loan along with grant money from San Jacinto County to finish upsizing our lines running out highway 150 to service a small community called Ponderosa Estates. That particular loan was $755,300 and is also with Rural Development. In 2006, we also test drilled well site #5 at a depth of 1124 ft by Holly Water Wells and had an inside remodel of our office. In 2007, San Jacinto WSC began the conversion process through the State Legislature to convert to a District and in 2009 was completed creating San Jacinto Special Utility District. To this day, San Jacinto SUD is making payments on two of the four Rural Development loans totaling around $1.5 million, has approximately 1200 customers, five employees, five members of the board and constantly growing in this country lake community.
Due to our growth, we are around 95% of capacity by TCEQ standards and are in the process of finding funding to proceed with construction of our well #5. We have the property and the test hole has been drilled. We plan to install a 14 inch well about 1100 ft deep to produce around 1000 gallons per minute. Also, we are planning to set an elevated tank on the property for storage to keep the same type of pressure. Our engineer and the district have estimated drilling of the well to be about $600,000 and the elevated tank to be around $800,000 making us need funding for a total of $1.5 million. There will be engineering fees, pump buildings, and other costs associated with it that the district plans on paying out of pocket outside the loan amount.
Regardless of the economic situation, our lake community is steadily growing and the need for water and storage for everyday and emergency use is a must. San Jacinto Special Utility District is trying to stay ahead of the growth and strive to deliver quality service for years to come.