Production Data

Beaver Water District (BWD) sells water at the wholesale rate of $1.38/1000 gallons of water (as of Oct. 1, 2019).  That’s a cost of about 1/10th of a cent per gallon of water. A very good deal. 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 358,000 customers (Source: Data from customer cities and Arkansas Department of Health as of May 27, 2019). In 1973, the average daily 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, the average daily demand is 55 mgd per day and a peak day in the summer could reach to almost 90 mgd. The daily pumping capacity at Beaver Water District’s intake at Beaver Lake is 150 mgd. The daily water treatment capacity is 140 mgd. (Visit the Service Area Map here.)

The population of Northwest Arkansas has grown significantly during the past 60 years. For example, in 1960 there were fewer than 100,000 people living in Washington and Benton counties. Today, the estimated combined population of the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Statistical Area (Northwest Arkansas) exceeds 550,000 residents. For more information, visit the Northwest Arkansas Council’s The Northwest Arkansas Data Information Center. Beaver Lake is the drinking water source for more than half a million people or 1 in 6 Arkansans. (March 6, 2020: Derived from sources including the Arkansas Department of Health and population statistics for the state of Arkansas and for the MSA numbers reported here.)

May 2020 Water Records

 Average Daily DemandMaximum Daily DemandTotal Monthly SoldHistoric Daily Peak
Fayetteville13.06617.698476.25728.064
Springdale15.97019.868495.06227.072
Rogers8.633 10.324 267.629 17.451
Bentonville10.537 11.420326.65616.172
BWD TOTAL50.50356.4701565.60484.143

Maximum Daily Demand is NOT the sum of the individual Maximum Daily Demands. The individual Maximum Daily Demand for each city does not necessarily occur on the same day of the month.

**Demand is expressed in millions of gallons per day (mgd) and represents water sold.**