News Releases

Board Meeting — January 19, 2017

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
3. Presentation — Arkansas Department of Health Licensing Committee
4. Presentation — Northwest Arkansas Land Trust — Mt. Kessler Report
5. Presentation — Regional Conservation Partnership Program Project
6. Other Business
* Article – AWWA Journal – “Leveraging Source Water Protection Programs Through Effective Partnerships” – Co-authors Laura Walker, Robert Morgan, and Peter Stangel
* Legislative Update – “just starting”
a) SB-35-Water service outside city limits
b) Eminent Domain – not filed yet
c) PVC Pipe – not filed yet
d) Fluoride – not filed yet

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Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association Elects Officers, Presents Awards Recognizing Excellence

On Dec. 14 in Fayetteville, Ark., members of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association elected the following officers for 2017: Jesse Burch, Beaver Water District, Chair; Brad Stewart, Springdale Water Utilities, Secretary/Treasurer; and Nathan Hooper, Benton-Washington Regional Public Water Authority, Vice Chair. Jeff Hickle, CH2M, received a plaque recognizing his years of service as outgoing Chair. Additionally, Stacy Cheevers of Beaver Water District, Northwest District Director, presented the following Outstanding Achievement Awards for 2016:

 

Water Operator Less than 5000 Population
James Clark, City of Tontitown
Water Operator More than 5000 Population
Terry Edwards, Rogers Water Utilities
Manager of the Year Water
Tim Nyander, City of Fayetteville
Laboratory Professional Water
David Newman, City of Bentonville
Wastewater Operator Less than 5000 Population
Robert Pugsley, Buffalo National River

Wastewater Operator Greater than 5000 Population
Shannon Bowen, Springdale Water Utilities
Manager of the Year Wastewater
Mayo Miller, CH2M
Laboratory Professional Wastewater
Timothy McGee, CH2M
Pretreatment Professional Wastewater
David Miller, Superior Industries International, Inc.
Recognition Award-Website Management
Heather Watson, Beaver Water District

The mission of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association, formed in 1950, is to encourage the education and licensing of its members in the field of water and wastewater systems and to provide a venue by which the members can share information, obtain training, and improve the overall standing of the profession within their communities. Visit nwd-awwwea.org for more information.

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Conservation Stewardship Program Informational Meeting Set for Dec. 12th

A Conservation Stewardship Program Informational Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Dec. 12th at Beaver Water District. See the flyer below for more information.

conservation-stewardship-programflyer

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Request a Beaver Lake Watershed Map Today; Educate Yourself!

watershed-map-photosRequest a Beaver Lake Watershed Map today! There’s no fee for the map. Just email your name and mailing address to education@bwdh2o.org. The map, designed by Dot Neely, Education Coordinator for Beaver Water District (BWD), focuses on this important watershed “that supplies water to Beaver Lake — the drinking water source for over 400,000 people in Northwest Arkansas.”

The Beaver Lake Watershed Map includes information about Beaver Lake, its tributaries, how the lake was constructed, the management of the lake, how to care for the lake and the watershed (best management practices), and information about organizations that work to preserve and protect the lake. Do you want to know about macroinvertebrates and other lifeforms that are indicators of water quality? Are you curious to know how many miles of shoreline make up Beaver Lake? All those questions and more are answered with this one map. It’s incredible!

BWD, formed under Act 114 of 1957, is the oldest regional water district in the state of Arkansas. BWD takes water from Beaver Lake, then cleans and treats it to make it safe for drinking and other uses. The cities of Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville distribute the clean water to their customers.

One in seven Arkansans depend on this lake for water supply needs. When the water in the lake is of good quality, then it costs less to make it suitable for drinking. The quality of the water depends on what happens in the watershed. It’s good to maintain the watershed and the lake to ensure good water quality, to make sure that wildlife has a good home, to encourage robust plant and marine life is maintained, and to maintain a beautiful lake for years and years to come.

In addition to creating and distributing high quality educational materials, such as this map, BWD provides tours of the Water Education Center and the drinking water utility for the public, as well as hands-on education. For more information, visit http://www.bwdh2o.org and schedule a tour or request education materials today.

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Bill HagenBurger of Rogers Leads Successful Three-State Water Conference

Bill HagenBurger-Beaver Water District Plant EngineerWater industry professionals from Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma attended the 104th Annual Southwest Section of the American Water Works Association (SWAWWA) Conference held Oct. 23-25, 2016, at the Embassy Suites and John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, Ark. Bill HagenBurger of Rogers, Chair of the 2016 SWAWWA and Plant Engineer for Beaver Water District (BWD), planned and presided over the event, which included a trade show, numerous technical sessions, a water taste contest, a “Top Ops” competition, as well as a tour BWD’s facilities, where water from Beaver Lake is filtered and made clean for drinking, then sold to more than 300,000 people and industries through BWD’s four wholesale customers – Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. SWAWWA has a membership of 1,000-plus individuals and utilities. For more information, visit www.swawwa.org and www.bwdh2o.org.

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Foraker Elected, Watkins Re-Elected to BWD’s Board of Directors; FY 2016 “Record” Water Sales Year

bwd_board-2013_0001The Beaver Water District Board of Directors, joined by Alan D. Fortenberry P.E., CEO, (front row, far left) includes (back, from left) Cathy Foraker, Woody Bassett, Mary Gardner, David Short, and (front, 2nd from left) Bill Watkins and Chris Weiser.

On Nov. 8, voters elected Cathy Foraker of Fayetteville (Washington County) and re-elected Bill Watkins of Rogers (Benton County), both to six-year terms on the Beaver Water District (BWD) Board of Directors. Their terms will end in 2022. Foraker first began her service to the board in 2011, when she was appointed to fill an unexpired term. Watkins began his first term on Jan. 1, 2004. BWD formed under Arkansas Act 114 of 1957. It is the oldest regional water district in the state of Arkansas. BWD is governed by a six-member elected board of directors, with three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. Board members serve six-year terms, staggered by two years in each county. The board meets monthly, on the third Thursday. For more information, visit bwdh2o.org.

In other news, BWD sold more water during its fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2016, than in any previous year in its history. Monthly water sales set records for the six months of October through March. These are the months that tend not to be impacted by weather with respect to water usage. BWD did not have record water sales for the months of April through September, when weather is a factor.

“For the FY16 year to see total record water sales (17.6 billion gallons or 48 million gallons per day on average), while experiencing a ‘normal’ summer is indicative of the residential and commercial growth of the region,” said Larry Lloyd, BWD’s Chief Operating Officer.

BWD supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas in Northwest Arkansas. BWD’s mission is to serve our customers’ needs by providing high quality drinking water that meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements and is economically priced consistent with our quality standards.

 

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Board Meeting — November 17, 2016

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
3. Recommendation — Agreement for Electrical Service — Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation
4. Presentation — Arc Flash Study Results
5. Presentation — BWD and UA Joint Research Projects
6. Other Business
* FY 2016 Audit
* Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Regulation 2 — Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 Approval — Arkansas Surface Water Quality Standards for Beaver Lake

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Rogers HHS Holds Nov. 16 Hydration Ceremony

MEDIA ALERT

new-frosted-bottle-its-easy-just-turn-the-handleRogers Heritage High School Hydration Station Ceremony will be held in HHS AUDITORIUM at 10:15 AM on Wednesday, November 16, at 1114 S 5th St, Rogers, AR 72756. Please join us to celebrate our students as they helped fundraise the monies to improve their own School. We also will be thanking other partners who made these new stations possible, including Beaver Water District, Kendrick Fincher Foundation, Walmart, and Sam’s Club.  These stations will encourage students to hydrate with healthy, fresh, clean drinking water, sourced from Beaver Lake, made safe to drink by Beaver Water District, and delivered to our school by Rogers Water Utilities. These new stations also will reduce plastic bottle waste. For more information, contact Wayne Levering of Heritage High School (479) 790-7220 with any questions.

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Beaver Lake “Secchi Day” Data Reveal Water Quality Has Not Degraded; Concerned People are Helping to Maintain Water Quality

LOWELL, AR — For the past 11 years, hundreds of citizen scientists and others have collected water quality data on Beaver Lake near Rogers in Northwest Arkansas during the annual Secchi Day event, typically held on the third Saturday each August. The big question on everyone’s minds is whether there are any trends that can be identified, now that there’s over a decade of data to consider. To put it simply, how is the water quality in Beaver Lake doing?

Dr. Bob Morgan, Manager of Environmental Quality for Beaver Water District (BWD), shared data and comments about Secchi Day with BWD Board members during their regularly scheduled meeting held at noon on Oct. 27. Data from this year’s event, held on Aug. 20, was included in that presentation.

“We have enough data after 11 years that we can identify some apparent trends,” Morgan said. “For example, the lake is getting clearer in the uppermost end and the mid-lake area, and the down-lake area is slightly cloudier. However, statistical analysis of these data gives little confidence that these apparent trends are real. Practically speaking, there is not a significant trend in late summer clarity over the 11 years of Secchi Day. That’s a good thing. That’s what we want to see because it implies that the educational programs and the management practices implemented by concerned people in the Beaver Lake watershed are helping to maintain water quality.

“With the changes taking place in Northwest Arkansas, and specifically expansion of the urban area into the Beaver Lake watershed, science tells us that we will experience more stress on our natural resources. Secchi Day is but one day out of 365 each year. Beaver Water District, the United States Geological Survey, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Water Resources Center collect data on Beaver and in its tributaries year-round. These data give us concern that the phosphorus load to Beaver is gradually increasing over time. To continue to enjoy the high quality water we currently have, we, the Northwest Arkansas community, will have to maintain and even increase our efforts over time.”

During Secchi Day, sampling teams take Secchi disk readings to determine water clarity, and collect water samples which are tested for chlorophyll a, total phosphorus, and nitrate, to determine algal density and nutrient concentration. Secchi depth is a measure of water transparency that involves lowering a black and white disk into the water and recording the maximum depth in which the black and white pattern can be distinguished from above the water’s surface.

To read this year’s detailed Secchi report, link to BWD’s website at bwdh2o.org. Next year’s event will be held on Aug. 19, 2017. Secchi Day on Beaver Lake is made possible by 12 partners including BWD, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Beaver Lake, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Hobbs State Park, Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists, the Association for Beaver Lake Environment, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Ozarks Water Watch, One Community, and Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Secchi Day is one of the premiere water public awareness and education events in Arkansas.

About Beaver Water District

BWD’s board meets monthly on the third Thursday. The board consists of three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. They are elected to six-year terms and every two years, a position comes open in each county. The board oversees BWD, which cleans and purifies drinking water sold at the wholesale price of $1.31 per 1000 gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. The raw water is sourced from Beaver Lake, which one in seven Arkansans relies on lake for safe, clean drinking water. BWD’s mission is to serve our customers’ needs by providing high quality drinking water that meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements and is economically priced consistent with our quality standards. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

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Beaver Water District “Top Ops” Team Headed to National Competition for Third Consecutive Year

img_9920edtr_bwd-top-ops-winsBeaver Water District (BWD) placed 1st in the Southwest Section-American Water Works Association (AWWA) Top Ops Challenge on Oct. 25 in Rogers, Arkansas. The team members are (from left) Dustin Mayhew of Springdale, BWD Plant Operator; Frank Blowers of Pea Ridge, BWD Maintenance Supervisor; and Nikki Holloway of Springdale, BWD Laboratory Analyst. Combined, they bring together more than 30 years of experience in the water field to the Top Ops competition. Earlier this year, the team placed 5th in the AWWA 2016 Top Ops Challenge in Chicago.

Now the team will compete for the third time in the AWWA Top Ops Challenge in Philadelphia during AWWA’s 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition, which will be held June 11-14. This event gathers together more than 13,000 water professionals from around the world. Top Ops is the “College Bowl” or “Jeopardy!” of the water industry. The Top Ops Challenge is designed to promote excellence and professionalism and provide an opportunity for water professionals to showcase their talents in all aspects of water operations. Established in 1881, AWWA is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. For more information, visit awwa.org.

Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas in Northwest Arkansas. The District’s mission is to serve our customers’ needs by providing high quality drinking water that meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements and is economically priced consistent with our quality standards. For information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

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