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Local utility celebrating its 50th anniversary Friday

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By Jenny Arnold

The Lancaster County Water and Sewer District is celebrating its 50th anniversary and wants to celebrate it with its customers.

The utility is holding a celebration from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, at the Springdale Recreation Center, 260 S. Plantation Road.

Three speakers will cover the history of the utility, and the accomplishments over the last 50 years. Past and present district commissioners will also be recognized.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with barbecue and hot dogs on the menu.

The annual American Public Works Association backhoe rodeo begins at 1 p.m.

City and county backhoe operators will compete, with the winner advancing to the state competition in Myrtle Beach in July.

There will be inflatables and other activities for children, giveaways and rodeo T-shirts for sale. Booths will be set up displaying memorabilia, photos and newspaper articles chronicling the district’s history.

LCWSD provides water to all of the unincorporated areas of Lancaster County, and is a wholesale supplier to the city of Lancaster, Kershaw, Heath Springs, rural Chesterfield County, Carolina Water Service in North Carolina and occasionally to Mecklenburg County.

The utility has about 19,800 billing costumers, but provides water to about 30,000 customers, said LCWSD Manager Mark Knight.

“I think it’s important that we celebrate 50 years of providing water to the county,” Knight said. “We look forward to a good day and hope everyone can come out and enjoy it.”

Contact senior reporter Jenny Arnold at jarnold@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151