Beaver Water District’s $104 million expansion project, begun in 2002, insures that there will be drinking water supplies available to Northwest Arkansas well into the future. The Croxton plant and its expansion can produce up to 100 MGD of drinking water. The original 40 MGD Steele facility has been modified and updated. A new raw water intake and a new solid residuals handling facility are in operation. A LEED Gold certified Administration Center opened in 2009. (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.) The Center is home to the District’s Water Education Center, which provides public access to education exhibits from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The District’s expansion program is funded from reserves and the sale of bonds.
In December 2011, construction began on the Chlorine Dioxide Treatment Facility. This $5 million project, completed in early 2013, lessens the formation of chlorinated disinfection by-products, as required by EPA’s Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection By-products Rule. In August 2015, the District began construction of two, 2-megawatt diesel powered generators. This $5.4 million project, completed in 2016, provides emergency back-up power for a 20-year planning period. In 2017, crews completed a new surge tank installation in the District’s Treated Water Pump Station at a cost of $357,843. The additional surge tank protection was needed for the city of Fayetteville’s pumps and pipelines to protect against pressure surges. With the surge tank online, the maximum allowable flow to Fayetteville has increased from 30.2 MGD to 41 MGD. This capacity is projected to meet the daily demands of Fayetteville through 2032.
Begun in 2018 and completed in early 2020, the $4.8 million Filter-to-Waste (FTW) and Solids Processing Improvements Project added a recovery basin, piping, pumps, and other appurtenances to capture the FTW stream and recycle it to the head of the plant. Recovering this approximately 500,000 gallons per day FTW stream back to the head of the plant, where it will go through the water treatment process, saves BWD money, allowing BWD to keep rates low for customers. In addition to cost savings, this project is a more sustainable solution. It requires less energy and chemicals to treat the FTW stream than is used when treating raw water from the lake. In addition to this project being a sustainable solution, removing the FTW stream from the solids processing facility, it significantly extended the useful life of BWD’s existing assets, delaying capital costs for the expansion of that facility. It was designed by Black & Veatch with Construction Management-at-Risk services provided by Crossland Heavy Contractors.
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Capital Improvement Plan Project Summary
|Project||Year||Probable Project Cost (2019 $)|
|North Intake Pumps||2030||$2.2M|
|Raw Water Transmission Main||2036||$13.4M|
|40 MGD Plant Expansion||2030||$53.7M|
|High Service Pump Replacements||2022-2030||$4.2M|
|Western Corridor Pump Station||2026||$19.7M|
|Western Corridor Transmission Main||2026||$69.1M|
|(Solids Handling Expansion now included in 40 MGD Plant Expansion)||SUBTOTAL||$184.1M|