Brief History

A Brief History:

WCWID’s office is located at 999 E. Galena Drive, Sandy, Utah 84094 and is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. During business hours, WCWID personnel may be contacted at 801-571-3991. After hours, in cases of emergency or water breaks, an on-call WCWID employee may be reached by dialing the same number 801-571-3992 and following the telephone prompts. More about WCWID, including its rules and regulations, may be found at its website: http://www.wcwid.org

In the early 1950s, a developer by the name of Kenneth White told his peers that he was going out to the South East part of the Salt Lake Valley to build a new community. He was told it would never work because there was no water there. Mr. White responded that he
would just have to go and find water. In 1955, Mr. White, together with a partner, organized the White City Water Company (“Company”) and drilled a deep well in search of water. What he found was a massive aquifer with some of the best tasting water in the nation. For the next 35 years, the Company provided water to the White City community.

When the original founders of the Company died, their heirs decided to sell the Company. At first, Sandy City sought to purchase the Company, but problems developed. The White City Water Users then organized and petitioned Salt Lake County to create the White City Water Improvement District (“WCWID”), an independent political subdivision of the State, to purchase the Company. By doing so, the Water Users ensured that the Company, including its valuable water rights, would stay under the control of the community. In 1994, the Water Users voted in favor of issuing bonds to purchase the Company. The bonds were funded in February 1995, and WCWID took over operations of the Company’s water system.

WCWID is governed by a five member elected board of trustees and provides water service to the White City community and portions of Sandy City. WCWID’s water comes from several updated wells drilled deep into the aquifer. Because of the pristine nature of the water pumped from the aquifer, WCWID is not required to treat the water with any chemicals and because the water system is unique and functionally separate from other water systems, WCWID does not place any additives, such as fluoride, into the water. WCWID’s water is among the best tasting in Utah and the nation, and WCWID is committed to preserving and protecting the aquifer that provides this valuable resource.