4th Generation Farmer Values WAWSA Water Service


David Davidson is a fourth generation farmer who has a deep understanding of the value of water. “In the spring of the year, we use a lot of water to spray our crops to manage weeds and increase production,” Davidson said. “I would guess we use over 80,000 gallons of water. This was water we used to haul from the city and before that, we used well water and treated it ourselves.”


Hauling water and doing the water treatment themselves was not only time consuming and added expense to their operation, it was difficult to adjust the chemical and pH levels correctly. This added additional cost and a loss of time to a very short planting season.


Davidson started farming with his father and his great grandfather homesteaded south of Tioga. “As long as I can remember I have been farming. There is a real benefi t to having WAWSA water at the shop.”


“Randy Peterson (farming partner) and I have been hauling water in trucks for so many years, I can’t even tell you how much we appreciate the good water.” Davidson estimates he started hauling water in the 70’s and says he can’t count how much money he spent on fuel for the trucks that went back and forth from Tioga to his shop and the fields.


“We have also signed up for water to our cabin at White Earth. Brandy and I will be looking forward to quality water for drinking and household use,” Davidson said. Water should reach the cabins at White Earth by fall 2018 or spring 2019 depending on the issuance of the Corps of Engineers permit.


As one of the first users to sign up for WAWSA water, Davidson says he hasn’t regretted it. “It has been a savings of time and money and we wouldn’t go without it now.”