There is no such thing as “Newhall County”. In the early 50’s, local Newhall business and civic leaders agreed that it was in the public’s best interest to form a community water district. A Water District Committee was created in early 1951 to study the idea. They gave two formal reports of their findings and recommendations to the Newhall Chamber of Commerce.
The committee identified 3 types of districts that were available:
1) County Water Works District
2) County Water District
3) County Utility District.
A Water Works district is organized by the County (Los Angeles), installed by the County, and run by the County Supervisors. A Utility District manages a combination of sewer, light, water, fire, etc. The citizens were only interested in forming a water district, therefore Newhall Water Company became Newhall County Water District. A County Water District is owned by the public and run by a board of directors elected by the voters. It is the nearest thing to private management that can exist.
The Santa Clarita Valley, located in the northwest region of Los Angeles County, is blessed with an incredibly rich history. Native Americans. Mexicans, Dons, gunfighters, California’s first gold rush, oil strikes, a famous train robbery, a serious presidential candidate, a genuine First Lady, a horrific dam disaster, and cowboy movie stars are just a few of the components that form the essence of the valley’s history.
NCWD has played a tremendous role in the history of Santa Clarita. Santa Clarita Valley’s first historian was Arthur B. “Perk” Perkins, General Manager of the “rookie” Newhall Water Company back in 1919. When Perkins arrived in 1919, there were only 600 people in the valley.