A Brief History of the Little Hocking Water Association, Inc.
The Little Hocking Water Association, Inc. is a user-owned non-profit association incorporated May 23, 1968.

Little Hocking Water was originally designed as a water supply to serve 364 homes. Due to major and minor extensions and growth, Little Hocking Water is now the largest rural water system in Washington County with over 4,000 water taps serving a population of about 12,000 people. Our growth encompasses 250 miles of water lines, 7 booster pump stations, 8 water tanks and 4 water wells. Our water is treated with chlorine and fluoride as mandated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

A seven member Board of Directors governs the Association. Seats for the Board of Trustees are elected on an alternating basis, every year at the Annual Meeting, which is held on the first Monday in March. Others from the body of customers/members nominate board members. Every customer/member in good standing has the right to vote at the annual meeting. Not only are Board members elected at this meeting, it gives the customers/members a chance to become informed about the operations of the system.

Member of Ohio Rural Water Association

In February 1977, Little Hocking Water became a member of the newly formed Ohio Association of Rural Water systems (OARWS), which is now the Ohio Rural Water Association (ORWA). Through this membership, we have access to valuable technical assistance at no cost along with the clout of belonging to a statewide and national organization that can make or change laws pertaining to the safety of water and tax laws affecting rural water systems.
Public Participation Information

Public participation and comment are encouraged at regular meetings of the Little Hocking Water Association, which meets at the Association office on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. The Association office is located in Little Hocking across from the U.S. Post Office.

Drinking Water Source is Wells

The Little Hocking Water Association’s water source is groundwater obtained from four water wells located in the Porterfield area. Water is drawn from the wells, treated with chlorine and fluoride, and then pumped directly into the distribution system and to storage tanks located in Gentry Heights and on the Watson farm above Porterfield. The source of water for the wells is the Ohio River Valley Aquifer. (An aquifer is layers of rock, sand or gravel in which water is stored.)