In the late 19th century, Marcellus and Lizzie Ward launched Ward Plumbing in Maine, a company that five generations later, continues to meet the water needs of the local communities. (The earliest known billing records are dated 1896, though the company may have been started earlier.)
In 1954, William bought out Ellery, who then went to work for William until he retired in 1976. Charlie began his career in the plumbing business in 1978, after finishing technical college for plumbing and heating. He started as a journeyman plumber, and in 1981 became a Master Plumber.for plumbing and heating. He started as a journeyman plumber, and in 1981 became a Master Plumber.
In the early 80s, Charlie became interested in water treatment and started attending different treatment schools. From that point forward, the company focused more on water treatment and water pumping systems. In 2010, a new division was formed, dedicated to water treatment, called Ward Water Inc. “ Over the years, I have seen a growing need in the community,” said Charlie. “Satisfying customer’s needs with quality product and service is definitely the most rewarding aspect of my job.”
Current generation moves forward
As the owner a small company, Charlie does everything from the bookkeeping to actual design and installation of the systems.
“Our five-to-ten-year plan is for the next generation to take over and continue to grow the business,” Charlie said. “We have seen an increased awareness of water quality issues. Everyday there seems to be a new contaminant for people to be concerned with. The challenge, as we see it, is to keep up and apply the right technology to solve these problems.
From windmills pumping water to Facebook promotion of the company, the historical background and cohesive family values of Ward Water point to a bright and successful second century.