Monthly Archives: May 2016

Change in Taste of Water Temporary, Beaver Water District Reports

Beaver Water District reports that some residents may have noticed a change in the taste of their tap water in recent weeks. This is not a result of a change in drinking water treatment. The culprit is algae. After the region experienced sunny, warmer temperatures for a couple of weeks, the algae population in Beaver Lake, the raw water source for drinking water for one in seven Arkansans, increased. Algae are often the cause of taste and odor issues in the water. BWD has adjusted treatment to best treat for this. However, the byproduct that causes the taste and odor issues cannot be completely eliminated by this treatment. The rain and cooler temperatures this week should help, and the type of algae that is currently blooming is relatively short lived. That means the taste and odor episode should pass soon. For more information, please link to these fact sheets on the BWD website.

Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. Our 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 additional information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

Board Meeting — May 19, 2016

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order 2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting 3. Recommendation — Generator Project– Crossland Heavy Construction Change Order Reconciliation 4. Recommendation — Amendment to Black & Veatch Master Plan — Solids Study 5. Presentation — Distributive Control System Update Status 6. Recommendation — FY 2017 Financial Plan Update 7. Other Business

Frank Blowers Promoted to Maintenance Supervisor

Frank Blowers Profile PhotoFrank Blowers of Siloam Springs has been promoted to Maintenance Supervisor for Beaver Water District (BWD). Blowers, hired in 2003 by BWD in Facilities Maintenance, holds Grade IV Water Operators Treatment and Distribution Licenses. He’s a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Southwest Section of AWWA, the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association, and Deihl Toastmasters. He’s also a member of the BWD Top Ops Team. Top Ops is a “quiz bowl” style challenge where teams compete while answering questions about all aspects of water operations. The team took 1st place in the regional Top Ops Challenge held last fall and will compete in the national competition this June in Chicago.

Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. Our 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 additional information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

See our PSA! Volunteer for May 21st West Fork Cleanup at Riverside Park!

WF Cleanup Flyer 2016The Beaver Watershed Alliance (BWA) is seeking volunteers for the 11th Annual West Fork of the White River Cleanup being held Saturday, May 21st from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The West Fork-White River is a tributary to Beaver Lake which provides drinking water for more than 500,000 people in Northwest Arkansas.  Volunteer check-in begins at 9:00 am at Walker Park in Fayetteville, Riverside Park in West Fork, and Slicker Park in Winslow.  Following check-in, volunteers will fan out to stations with site leaders along the river and clean up targeted areas.  After the cleanup, volunteers will return to Riverside Park in West Fork for lunch, bluegrass music, and the chance to win some great door prizes!

View the PSA  here! https://youtu.be/ntdWHe_xr9A

All participants will be supplied with trash bags, maps to cleanup locations, and gloves.  Volunteers are encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes.  This is a great activity for families, church groups, scout groups, civic clubs, students, and people of all ages.  Cleanup sites will be located at Walker Park, Town Branch, Cato Springs Branch, Dead Horse Mountain Rd., Ward’s Slough, Baptist Ford, Dye Creek Road, Arvest Bank in West Fork, Riverside Park, Trash Hole, Woolsey Bridge, Brentwood Mountain Road, and Slicker Park.

Sponsors and partners include Keep Arkansas Beautiful, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Stream Team, Pack Rat Outdoor Center, Weichert Realtors The Griffin Company, Cargill, Cavecloth, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Harps, Beaver Water District, Watershed Conservation Resource Center, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension, City of Fayetteville, Boston Mountain Solid Waste District, Washington County Environmental Affairs, Ozarks Water Watch, Ozark Mountain Trading Company, Coca-Cola, Cabela’s, Patagonia, and Ozark Natural Foods.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Beaver Watershed Alliance at 750-8007 or bethany@beaverwatershedalliance.org, or show up at the event.

The Beaver Watershed Alliance is formed of a diverse stakeholder group representing agricultural, recreation, conservation, water utility, business, and private landowner perspectives who all work together for the benefit of Beaver Lake and its watershed.  To learn more about BWA, best management practices for water quality, or how you can become involved in voluntary watershed protection go to www.beaverwatershedalliance.org or contact BWA at 479-750-8007 or info@beaverwatershedalliance.org.

Beaver Water District’s Neely Receives James Bailey Memorial Educator of the Year Award

Neely Dot CROPPEDDorothy G. (Dot) Neely of Fayetteville, Ark., education coordinator for Beaver Water District (BWD), received the 2016 James Bailey Memorial Educator of the Year Award from the Arkansas Water Environment Association today (May 2, 2016) during the annual meeting of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association held in Hot Springs, Ark. This honor is awarded to an Arkansan who strives to inspire fellow Arkansans, young and old, with enthusiasm and desire to protect the states’s water environment, understand environmental issues and further environmental education. Neely has enjoyed a lifelong affinity for nature that began in childhood with family canoeing and camping excursions to scenic destinations and youthful devotion to exploration of the world outside. She has a bachelor of science and a master of science, both in geology, from the University of Arkansas (UA). Neely’s expertise with water specific education has been shared through her role with Beaver Water District since 2010. Prior to joining BWD, she worked as an education consultant, she lectured in geosciences and led biology labs at the UA, she owned a screen printing business, and she worked as a geologist using her GIS and communication skills both for ZYCOR Inc. and TENNECO. She regularly interacts with thousands of young people and adults, enthusiastically sharing her wit and wisdom about the value of water and source water protection in hands-on settings. She gives back to the community through many roles with a number of organizations and boards including but not limited to the Beaver LakeSmart Advisory Council, the Beaver Watershed Alliance, the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, and the Arkansas Environmental Education Association.

Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. Our 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 additional information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.