History

60 Years of Clean Water for a Growing West Knoxville

In 1954 “city water” was brought to the country through successful efforts of the Farragut Civic Club.

First Utility District was developed during a time when residents used wells, springs, or cisterns for their water source, and many people were worried about the declining water quality in their well and the effect it could have on their health. The West Knoxville area was beginning to grow, and it needed a clean, safe, consistent water source.

For $4,750 the District purchased Walker Springs and built a small pumping station, which had a flow of about 500 gallons per minute. In October of 1955, 700 customers began receiving water service.

Today, First Utility District is one of Tennessee’s largest water and wastewater utility districts, serving nearly 33,000 customers. Last year, we provided 4 BILLION gallons of water to area residents and businesses, at one of the lowest rates in Tennessee.

Throughout the years, we have retained and practiced the same organizational goals and objectives:

  • Provide Our Customers with Quality Water and Reliable Sewer Services
  • Maintain Reasonable Rates
  • Render Fair and Friendly Customer Service
  • Be An Effective Partner With Community Leaders For Planned Growth and Development

FUD is a state chartered entity functioning in Knox County and is run by three appointed commissioners that make up the Board. These three commissioners are appointed by the County Mayor and serve four-year terms. The Board of Commissioners meet at the office of First Utility District once a month.  See when the next meeting is here.

As West Knoxville continues to grow, FUD is keeping pace through careful planning, sound management, and exceptional employees. Our finances are among the strongest in Tennessee. We have a AA+ rating, and are often able to finance improvements with cash, which helps keep costs to our customers lower and rates stable.