Source Water Protection

Vision for Source Water Protection

Providing high quality drinking water starts with protecting the source of that water, which is the first step in the multiple-barrier approach.

Beaver Water District will lead the citizens, businesses and communities of Northwest Arkansas to cooperatively maintain the quality of Beaver Lake for all generations.

Source Water Protection Plan

In 2012, the Beaver Water District Board of Directors adopted this Source Water Protection Plan. This plan includes a complete copy (beginning on page 140) of the Beaver Lake Watershed Protection Strategy adopted by the Beaver Watershed Alliance (BWA). Beaver Water District provides annual support for BWA based on a plan of work included in a memorandum of agreement. Download the Source Water Protection Plan



Executive Summary

On April 21, 2016, Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors approved a motion to dedicate $0.04 cents per 1000 gallons sold to the Source Water Protection Fund.

Since 2006, Beaver Water District’s source water protection has been conducted under the guidance of our Board approved “Philosophy of Source Water Protection” and “Position Paper on Source Water Protection.” These documents were developed at the direction of our visionary Board President, John Lewis. Mr. Lewis saw protecting Beaver Lake as integral to providing safe water for Northwest Arkansas.

In 2010, the American Water Works Association published standard G300, “Source Water Protection,” and an associated operational guide document. AWWA’s peer-reviewed standards are recognized worldwide as the authoritative benchmark for water works materials and processes. In 2012, Beaver Water District completed a year-long review of its Source Water Protection program to bring it in line with G300 and the Board of Directors of the District approved a 5-year program that will improve protection of Beaver Lake, our source of water. In 2018, Beaver Water District staff completed an update of the plan.