Beaver Water District (BWD) sells water at the wholesale rate of $1.36/1000 gallons of water (as of Oct. 1, 2019, it will be $1.38). 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 combined population of the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Statistical Area (Northwest Arkansas) exceeds 545,000 residents. (Source: http://www.northwestarkansas.info/data-information-center.) Did you know that 1 in 7 Arkansans relies on Beaver Lake for drinking water?
Record-breaking Water Sales Tied To Population Growth in Northwest Arkansas
Beaver Water District (BWD) broke its record for sales in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. Record-breaking sales occurring in non-summer months of the year indicates the region’s rising population is driving increased water consumption. Beaver Water District’s four customers — the cities of Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers and Springdale — consumed an average 55 mgd a day in FY2018 compared to 51 mgd a day in FY2017, and 48 million in FY2016. 2018’s water sales of more than 20 billion gallons eclipsed the record sales in 2017 by 8.1 percent. (BWD’s Fiscal year is Oct. 1-Sept. 30.)
August 2019 Water Records
|Average Daily Demand||Maximum Daily Demand||Total Monthly Sold||Historic Daily Peak|
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.**