starr-iva water and sewer district


104 Ray Arnold Rd

Mailing:  P O BOx 39

Starr SC  28684


(864) 352-6717


Randy Pettigrew, Manager


Starr-Iva Water & Sewer Company began in 1970 when a group

of individuals of the Starr, Iva, and Flat Rock communities went

door-to-door selling water taps for $75 each.  After taps were secured,

application was made to Farmers Home Administration to acquire,

construct, maintain, operate and provide water distribution and supply

facilities to individuals, farms, businesses, corporations and political

subdivisions within the geographical area.


The original Board of Directors was as follows:

E.H. Agnew – President

J.R. McGee – Vice President

J. Aubrey Murphy – Secretary/Treasurer

John Ellison Brow                George Gentry

Ellis Loftis                           Vernon D. Brown

George Hays                       Allen Thomas

James Allred                       Lewis Thompson


Starr-Iva Water was incorporated in February, 1971. 


Davis & Floyd Engineers, Greenwood, SC designed the beginning system.

Bids were taken for the beginning phase in September, 1971 and

Harold A. Pickens & Sons was awarded the job. 


Construction began in March, 1972 with the laying of 60+ miles of waterlines,

a 250,000 gallon storage tank located near Owens Corning Fiberglas on

Highway 81 South, and a pumping station which consisted of three (3) 25 HP

Aurora Pumps.  Starr-Iva Water Company began with 431 residential/commercial

customers.  They also master metered or wholesaled water to the Town of Iva.


Randy Pettigrew was hired in October, 1972 as General Manager and is still the

General Manager today.  Randy worked alongside Mr. Drew Pickens of Harold A. Pickens

& Son in laying the original waterlines.  Randy’s job also consisted of reading meters with

his personal truck, handwriting the bills, collections, repair and anything else that needed

to be done in a start up company.  Randy remained the sole employee until 1979 when an

office clerk was hired.


The Starr-Iva Water & Sewer office building was built at 8101 Highway 81 South by

George Gentry and was leased back to the water company for a period of 10 (ten) years

at which time the water company had the option to buy, which they did.


The company has continued to grow, and they now serve approximately 3800 customers.

The water system currently consists of 140 miles of waterline.  The pump station has been

upgraded to two (2) 75 HP and one (1) 25 HP.  A 500,000 gallon storage tank has also been



In 2001, the Starr-Iva Water & Sewer Company, Inc., a non-profit corporation became

Starr-Iva Water & Sewer District, a designated public service district.  In 2001, the

Starr-Iva Water & Sewer District also became part of the Anderson County Water Association

(now known as Anderson Regional Joint Water System).


The current board members are as follows:


Billy Peele - Chairman

Ned McGill - Vice Chairman

Randy Pettigrew - Secretary/Treasurer


Stan Adams

Whit Chamblee

Billy Craft

Russ Hawkins

Carroll Keasler

William Shaw

Mike Thomas




Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM


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