Bill Watkins of Rogers, Ark., President of the Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors, displays the District’s 2013 Gold Award for Exceptional Utility Performance, presented to the District by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies at its annual meeting held Oct. 28, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Joining him are (from left) Alan Fortenberry of Springdale, Ark., Chief Executive Officer of Beaver Water District, Larry Lloyd of Fayetteville, Ark., Chief Operating Officer of Beaver Water District, and Woody Bassett of Fayetteville, Ark., the Board’s Secretary-Treasurer.
St. Petersburg, Fla. – The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) honored Beaver Water District, based in Lowell, Ark., with a 2013 AMWA Gold Award for Exceptional Utility Performance during ceremonies held on Oct. 28th at its annual meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in implementing the nationally recognized Attributes of Effective Utility Management. These industry standards concern utility performance in areas of product quality, customer satisfaction, employee and leadership development, operational optimization, financial viability, infrastructure stability, operational resiliency, community sustainability, water resource adequacy, and stakeholder understanding and support.
According to the AMWA, Beaver Water District’s focus on performance measures has improved its bottom line, making operations more efficient and sustainable while engaging employees. Operations and cost savings were improved through programs such as oil analysis and electrical load shedding. Refinancing long-term indebtedness reduced annual debt payments by more than $2 million per year. Creation of a stakeholder group, and the resulting Beaver Watershed Alliance, focused regional efforts on protecting Beaver Lake, the District’s only raw water source. The District also built a LEED Gold Administration Center that includes a Water Education Center for educational efforts on drinking water, source water protection and sustainable practices.
“AMWA awards recognize the extraordinary performance of water agencies where management vision and employee commitment create a sustainable utility producing ample supplies of clean, safe drinking water,” said AMWA President Pat Mulroy, General Manager, Las Vegas Valley Water District. “The communities served by these award winners should be proud of the accomplishments of their forward-thinking, exceptionally well-managed public utilities.”
Eleven public drinking water systems received recognition. Platinum winners included City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities (Ohio), Louisville Water Company (Kentucky), Onondaga County Water Authority (New York), City of Palm Bay Utilities Department (Florida), San Diego County Water Authority (California), and Western Virginia Water Authority (Virginia). In addition to Beaver Water District, gold awards were presented to City of Dayton Water Department (Ohio), City of Mesa Water Resources Department (Arizona), City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (North Carolina), and City of Virginia Beach Department of Public Utilities (Virginia).
AMWA’s membership is comprised of large publicly owned drinking water suppliers in the United States. AMWA represents the interests of these water systems by working with Congress and the federal agencies to ensure safe and cost-effective federal drinking water laws and regulations that protect public health. For more information, visit www.amwa.net.
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.