The Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District will celebrate its 45th anniversary, and the completion of its recent history project with an open house reception on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Ferdinand Community Center.

Chartered in 1974, the utility was created to bring reliable drinking water to rural, underserved areas of Southern Indiana. The District now serves a nine-county footprint throughout Southwest Indiana, and is a model for successful regional planning and the delivery of critical drinking water infrastructure.

The District commissioned Washington resident and author David Dahl to write and document the historical narrative of the utility’s growth and success. The book is titled "Those Kids Deserve Water Too" and is now available on Amazon. As a 39-year employee and retired president of Loogootee-based Midwestern Engineers, Inc, Dahl played a pivotal role in planning and designing many of the District’s infrastructure projects.

The public is invited to the event, which will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. Dahl and others will give brief remarks at the event, beginning at 3 p.m. Mike Phillips, Boonville attorney and former Indiana Speaker of the House, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Several local dignitaries, community leaders, and partner utilities will be in attendance.

Patoka Lake Water and Sewer District President, John Wade, emphasized, “This is a story that needs to be told. Over the last four decades, forward thinking community leaders from across Southern Indiana have made this utility what it is today. We look forward to celebrating this special day with all of our partners, past and present.”

To find out more about the event, or to RSVP, please call Midwestern Engineers at 812-295-2800

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