Following approval of a motion by the Beaver Water District (BWD) Board of Directors at its meeting on May 19, 2016, BWD will implement a $0.02 rate increase. That will make the wholesale rate $1.31/1000 gallons of water. The rate through Sept. 30, 2016 is $1.29. Clean, treated, ready-to-drink tap water is sold to four customer cities — Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville — which supply this water to more than 300,000 customers. The three other water suppliers on Beaver Lake and their wholesale rates follow: Benton/Washington Regional Public Water Authority (a.k.a. Two-Ton) charges $2.15 per thousand and the rate will increase to $2.34 on July 1, 2016, to help pay for a new water line. Carroll-Boone Water District charges $1.50 per thousand. Madison County Regional Water District charges $1.34 per thousand gallons. For more information, link to Service Area.
The population of Northwest Arkansas has grown significantly during the past 50 years. For example, in 1960 there were fewer than 100,000 people living in Washington and Benton counties. Today, the combined population of the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Statistical Area (Northwest Arkansas) exceeds 500,000 residents. Did you know that 1 in 7 Arkansans relies on Beaver Lake for drinking water? In 1973, the average demand for water from the District’s four wholesale customer cities — Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville — was about 15 million gallons per day (mgd). Today, average demand is more than 45 mgd and a peak day in the summer is almost double that!