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The Source: Fall 2014

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Successful Chemical Leak Drill
  • Beaver Water District Receives Governor’s Quality Award
  • Adam Motherweill Joins Beaver Water District Staff
  • Board Approves 2015 Budget
  • Public Invited To Experience Interactive Water Bar at Crystal Bridges Museum
  • Secchi Day 2014 Big Success
  • Estes Takes 1st Place in Beaver Lake Photo Contest, Again!
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Motherwell Joins Beaver Water District

Adam Motherwell Use for WEB JPG FILE 2014Adam Motherwell of Fayetteville has joined the staff of Beaver Water District in Lowell. Motherwell will move into the Chief Financial Officer position upon the retirement in the spring of Steve Russell of Springdale.

Motherwell is an honors graduate of the Walton College of Business with 36 years of experience. For the past 14 years, he served as the Associate Dean for Finance & Administration in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  His experience includes corporate auditor, Arkansas Division of Legislative auditor, and University of Arkansas System Auditor. His credentials include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), past Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), University of Arkansas Credit Union Treasurer, and Chairman of the Audit Committee for the City of Fayetteville.

Beaver Water 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. The District supplies treated drinking water sourced from Beaver Lake to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. These cities then resell the water to surrounding towns and communities. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

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Beaver Water District Team Takes 1st Place in “Top Ops” Challenge

101414 BWD Team Wins Top Ops Challenge at SW Section MeetingBeaver Water District’s Team took 1st place in the Top Ops Challenge held Oct. 14, 2014, in Tulsa, OK, during the annual meeting of the Southwest Section of the American Water Works Association. Dustin Mayhew of Springdale, Plant Operator II; Nicole Bridges of Lowell, Laboratory Analyst; and Frank Blowers of Pea Ridge, Maintenance Mechanic II, comprised the team, which studied for several months and practiced answering a broad range of technical questions related to cleaning and delivering safe drinking water. Jesse Burch of Bella Vista, Operations Supervisor, served as team captain and coach. Mindi Dearing of Farmington, Laboratory Supervisor, moderated the event. The District competed against teams from Louisiana and Oklahoma. Beaver Water District’s team will now compete in the national Top Ops challenge, to be held June 8-10 in Anaheim, CA, during the annual convention of the American Water Works Association. 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.
Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. 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 bwdh2o.org. For information about the Southwest Section of the AWWA, visit www.swawwa.org. For information about AWWA, visit www.awwa.org.

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Board Meeting — October 15, 2014

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, October 15, 2014, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes from previous meeting
3. Presentation — EPA’s Clean Power Program
4. Presentation — Beaver Watershed Alliance Report
5. Presentation — Source Water Protection Program Update
6. Recognition — Retirement of Taddy Nordyke, Accounting Administrative Assistant
7. Other Business
* Water Production Report
* Resoluton — Securities Investments

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Board Meeting — September 18, 2014

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes from previous meeting
3. Recommendation–Black & Veatch — Contract — Master Plan Study
4. Presentation — Distributive Control System (DCS) Upgrade
5. Presentation — Western Corridor Project
6. Presentation — Nutrients in Streams and Lakes
7. Other Business
* Water Production Report
* Authorization for Bank Credit Cards
* Report of Customer Appreciation Event

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Board Meeting — August 28, 2014

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes from previous meeting
3. Presentation–BWD Master Plan Update
4. Presentation — Research Projects with the University of Arkansas 5. Recommendation — Black & Veatch — Contract – Generators
6. Recommendation — FY 2015 Budget
7. Other Business
* Chlorine Residuals Histograms — Customer Cities

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Estes Takes 1st Place in Beaver Lake Photo Contest, Again

beaver lake star enhanced-Estes First PlaceMelissa Estes, 15, of Cave Springs, Ark., took 1st place in the 4H Division of the 2014 Beaver Lake Photo Contest. Estes is the daughter of Dana and Michael Estes. Karrissa Smith, 11, of Rogers, daughter of Jillian and Buddy Smith, took 2nd place. Jurnee Wilson, 16, of Bentonville, daughter of Misty and Danny Wilson, took 3rd place. The contest was held for the fifth year in conjunction with the 9th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake and the Benton County Fair. Estes has been competing in the contest for several years. Previously, she took 2nd place in the 2011 competition and 1st place in both the 2012 and 2013 competitions. She received recognition and a cash prize, and her photo was displayed at Prairie Creek Recreation Area on Aug. 16th during Secchi Day. Her photo also is featured on the Beaver Water District’s Facebook page and will be published in the fall 2014 issue of the District’s quarterly newsletter, The Source.

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State of the Lake 2013 Report

The State of the Lake Report provides interesting data about Beaver Lake’s Water Quality. The report — which is formally titled Beaver Lake and its Tributaries: 2013 Source Water Quality Report — is completed annually. Link to it here.

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Rubber Duck Asks Locals, Visitors to “Give Beaver Lake a Break”

BWDduckLOWELL – A new public media campaign encouraging Beaver Lake visitors to take care of their drinking water source features a unique spokesperson – an animated bathtub toy.

 

“Give Beaver Lake a Break” is the theme of ads on area TV, radio, newspapers and movie theater screens throughout the summer, says Beaver Water District Director of Public Affairs Amy Wilson. The ads star an animated rubber duck character as well as local residents shown fishing, hiking and enjoying Beaver Lake’s parks.

 

“The Water District wanted to communicate simple practices everyone can do to help protect the lake’s water quality,” Wilson said. “We decided that our rubber ducky would be a fun and original way to get our audience’s attention.”

 

One commercial encourages lake visitors to properly dispose of waste, including trash, human waste and pet waste. The animated duck swims into view saying, “Did you know Beaver Lake is where our drinking water comes from? It just makes sense to keep trash and other waste out of the water.” Boaters are shown collecting floating trash from the lake’s surface, a hiker is shown entering a park lavatory, and a dog owner is shown bagging and disposing of pet droppings.

 

In another ad, the duck says, “It’s fun to feed the waterfowl on Beaver Lake, right? Wrong!” A scene of a family tossing breadcrumbs into the water is rewound, so the bread flies back into their hands. The voiceover explains that feeding ducks and geese can disrupt their natural foraging instincts, and lead to overpopulation, malnutrition, and more animal waste in Northwest Arkansas’ drinking water source.

 

Wilson added that Beaver Water District provides detailed fact sheets (called “Quack Sheets”) on their website, bwdh2o.org, which contain additional information about protecting Beaver Lake’s water quality.

 Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. These cities then resell the water to surrounding towns and communities. 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 more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

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Responders Participate in Chemical Leak Drill at Beaver Water District

Lowell, AR — July 22, 2014 – Beaver Water District, Lowell and Springdale Fire Departments, and regional Hazmat teams conducted a chemical leak drill this morning at Beaver Water District. The drill began at 8:30 a.m. with a call from Beaver Water District to the 911 dispatcher. Others participating included area police departments, Washington County Emergency Management, Siloam Springs, Bella Vista, Fayetteville, and Rogers.

“Our plant engineer, plant manager and maintenance supervisor have been working with Springdale and Lowell Fire Departments and regional hazmat teams to plan this drill for several months,” said Alan D. Fortenberry P.E., CEO of Beaver Water District. “The fire departments actually approached us about doing the drill.”

Larry Lloyd, COO for the District, said that once en route, emergency vehicles were told by the dispatchers that this was a drill. Meanwhile, the Lowell Police Department set up a secure perimeter at the entrance to the plant site. The Springdale Fire Department set up a perimeter and command center onsite at the plant, which is located off of Primrose Road. District maintenance personnel trained in hazardous materials response and containing and repairing equipment, donned hazmat suits and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs) to conduct a series of mini-drills on site. These drills included one team evaluating the leak and the second team containing the leak.

This is the first time Beaver Water District has included area responders for a chemical leak drill, said Bill HagenBurger, Plant Engineer with the District. “Drills like this provide a great opportunity for everyone to practice using equipment in a non-emergency situation,” he said. “We are planning and training for contingencies.”

Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. These cities then resell the water to surrounding towns and communities. 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 more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

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