Beaver Water District (BWD) sells water at the wholesale rate of $1.31/1000 gallons of water (as of Oct. 1, 2016). 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 330,000 customers (Source: Data from each customer city as of Sept. 29, 2016). 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!
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. (Source: http://www.northwestarkansas.info/data-information-center.) Did you know that 1 in 7 Arkansans relies on Beaver Lake for drinking water?