Fayette Water Company is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

FWC began as a steering committee at an organizational meeting in August, 1988.

The main area of interest was north of St. Elmo. EXXON and its predecessors had furnished raw water to several farmsteads where the farm well had turned to salt water. EXXON was moving out of the area, and someone needed to supply this waterline with a continuous water supply.

Early thinking was to buy wholesale water from St. Elmo, and maybe even partner with them in a new treatment plant. That idea did not pan out, and FWC began to search for a water supply, not knowing then that the final outcome would be a water-well field and a treatment plant owned and operated by Fayette Water Company.

In the early 90's, Fayette Water organized as a not-for-profit corporation.

Its first Board of Directors was:
  • Randy Wolf, President
  • Bob Heckert, Vice President
  • Nancy Durbin, Secretary
  • Leland Schaal, Treasurer
  • Carl Ehlert
  • Gene Ireland
  • Les Mills
  • Gary Rigdon
  • David Sefton
  • Gene Schwarm, FWC Attorney
  • Watwood and Heavener, Inc., FWC Engineers
During 1997 and 1998, Phase I was built, including the well field, the treatment plant, the water tower at Wright's Corner, and about 100 miles of pipeline serving 450 meters.

Phase I Ground Breaking was March 26, 1997. The Board Members at that time consisted of:
  • Bob Heckert, President
  • Gary Rigdon, Vice President
  • Glen Mills, Secretary
  • Randy Wolf, Treasurer
  • Rhea McCarty
  • Charles Kruenegel
  • Les Mills
  • Lawrence Rubin
  • Dave Sefton
  • Rick Myers, FWC Attorney
  • Wally Cox, Heneghan & Associates, FWC Engineers

Phase II was a smaller project in 2000 that expanded the system to approximately 125 homes.

Spring 2006, Phase III kicked off with construction beginning in Bluff City with a hot tap onto a Phase I water main.

Phase III included waterline construction in the following Effingham County townships - Mound, West, and Mocassin; in the following Shelby County townships - Holland and Cold Spring; in the following Fayette County townships - Otega, Kaskaskia, Wilberton, Wheatland; and a water tower in Wheatland township.

Totaling some 110 miles, over 400 meters, and a water tower, Phase III was completed Spring, 2007.

Phase IV started the summer of 2011, and saw waterline construction in the Herrick, IL, area. Townships served in Shelby County include Herrick, Dry Point, Cold Spring, and Oconee. Construction also included Louden, Ramsey, Bowling Green and Carson townships, Fayette County. Available construction funds allowed several extensions which will be completed Fall, 2013. Totals for Phase IV are approximately 70 miles of waterline and 176 meters. This project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) which closely governed how and where the funds were spent.

The summer of 2012 saw (2) construction projects kick-off for Fayette Water, Phase V and Phase VI.

Phase V was centered in (2) Fayette County townships, Laclede and Lone Grove, with some construction in Wheatland township. Waterline construction totals approximately 62 miles, which includes a large feeder main to the Village of Farina, and total meter installation is 105 meters. This project will be completed Fall, 2013, with possibly some clean-up work later and was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) which closely governed how and where the funds were spent.

Phase VI - Vandalia Lake area waterline construction totaled only 10.24 miles but serves 193 meters. This project is located in Sharon and Shafter townships, Fayette County. It too started Summer, 2012, and will be completed Fall, 2013, with some possible clean-up work to follow.

Additional construction projects are in various stages of development. Grants from DCCA are vitally important to making these expansion projects cash flow. The progress of these projects through development to construction hinges on these "Design" and "Construction" grants being awarded to Fayette Water.

Phase VII is planned for areas in many parts of Fayette Water's service territory. Many of these planned extensions will fill-in and brings water to members not served in previous projects. These areas as planned include: Otega, Avena, Loudon townships in Fayette County; West and Mound Townships in Effingham County; Cold Spring Township in Shelby County. The start of this project looks promising for Summer, 2014, but again hinges on DCCA grant awards.

Phase VIII has been awarded a Design Grant for Sharon Township. Fayette Water, through the local township boards, is re-applying for Design Grants for Shafter and Bear Grove Townships, Fayette County. Fayette Water Company cannot on it's own apply for any DCCA grants, but seeks the cooperation of the township or county governments in the designated areas to apply for the grants.

Phase VIII will continue waterlines built in Phase VI to unserved members in areas of Sharon, Shafter, and Bear Grove Townships. At this point in time it is too uncertain to predict a start date for Phase VIII.

Phase IX has not yet been identified by the Board, but it may very well happen in the future. Construction phases for FWC have in the past and will continue to be researched and planned as needs of the members arise.

FWC Phase III - Water Tower @ St. Elmo Rod & Gun Club - construction completed Fall, 2006.

May, 2006 - Phase III Kicks Off in Bluff City