History of the Craigsville Public Service District


In 1959, some residents of the quickly growing Craigsville, West Virginia area recognized the tremendous need for a public water system. Thus began the process to establish a water purifying system for Craigsville.

The founding members of the Craigsville Public Service District Board of Directors were Raymond Boone, Chairman; W.G. Thayer, Secretary/Treasurer; and Jasper Williams, Board Member.


By 1963, the CPSD Board had solicited and obtained grants and loans to build a water plant at Allingdale by the Gauley River. In 1965, this project was completed and water service was extended to the residents of Craigsville and Cottle. A short time later, water service was extended to include the Beaver area.

In the late ‘60s or early ’70s the CPSD began selling water to the Camden-on-Gauley Water Department via a direct hook-up.


The Allingdale water plant was upgraded in 1980, at which time the CPSD Board and the citizens of the Craigsville area realized a great need for a sewer system due to the poor drainage of septic systems. Funds were solicited for the project.

In 1983, the sewer plant was completed and operational. This plant is located just below the water plant at Allingdale. Craigsville and Cottle residents then had sewer service. At this time, the board began to seek funding to extend sewer service to the Beaver area and this was completed around 1986.


In 1990, efforts began to extend water service to more of the Tioga area. This is an ongoing project.

The Allingdale water plant was upgraded again in 1996.

During 1998, water service was extended to the Alderson Church Road, the Nile Road, and the Cut Hill areas. This was made possible by the installation of a water tank on Cut Hill which also allowed for a hook-up to the City of Summersville Water System.

In the late ‘90s the CPSD began providing Camden-on-Gauley with sewer treatment service. The town maintains its own system.


In 2007, the sewer system was upgraded with a belt filter press which eliminated a considerable amount of sludge drying time. This allowed for permits for several farmers to use the dried sludge as fertilizer.


By 2012, the Craigsville Public Service District had grown to serve approximately 2,000 water customers and approximately 1,000 sewer customers.