Monthly Archives: October 2017

Beaver Water District Board Will Meet Oct. 26th In Lowell

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

October 26, 2017 12:00 Noon

1. Meeting Call to Order 2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting 3. Presentation – Secchi Day Report 4. Presentation – BWD Source Water Protection Program Report 5. Presentation – Beaver Watershed Alliance Annual Report 6. Other Business * Western Corridor Pump Station Site Selection Study

Oct. 17, 2017-Beaver Water District “Top Ops” Team Places 1st in SW Section Competition; Headed to National Competition for Fourth Consecutive Year

Beaver Water District (BWD) based in Lowell, Ark., placed 1st in the Southwest Section-American Water Works Association (SWAWWA) Top Ops Challenge on Oct. 17 in Oklahoma City for the fourth year in a row. The team members are (from left) Steven Caudle of Lowell, BWD Plant Operator II; Nikki Holloway of Springdale, BWD Laboratory Analyst; and Gabe Frost of Siloam Springs, Plant Operator II.

Now the team will compete for the fourth time in the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Top Ops Challenge in Las Vegas during AWWA’s 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition, which will be held June 11-14. This event gathers together more than 13,000 water professionals from around the world. Top Ops is the “College Bowl” or “Jeopardy!” of the water industry. The Top Ops Challenge is designed to promote excellence and professionalism and provide an opportunity for water professionals to showcase their talents in all aspects of water operations. Established in 1881, AWWA is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. For more information, visit

About Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District (BWD) cleans and purifies water from Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas. BWD sells the drinking water at the wholesale price of $1.34 per 1000 gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. In total, these cities and their customers serve about 320,000 people. BWD’s board meets monthly with the exception of December. The board consists of three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. They are elected to six-year terms and every two years, a position comes open in each county. BWD’s 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 more information, visit

Oct. 13, 2017-Beaver Lake “Secchi Day” Data Released: Citizen Scientists Helped Beaver Water District Collect Samples

LOWELL, AR – On Aug. 19 for the 12th Year in a row, volunteer citizen scientists collected water quality data on Beaver Lake near Rogers in Northwest Arkansas during the annual Secchi Day event, always held on the third Saturday each August. Beaver Water District (BWD) staff then analyzed data and produced a report that helps answer this question: How is the water quality in Beaver Lake doing?

Matthew Rich, Environmental Specialist with Beaver Water District (BWD), spoke about results and data from Secchi Day with attendees at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA) meeting held Wednesday (Oct. 11, 2017) in Eureka Springs.

During Secchi Day, sampling teams take Secchi disk readings to determine water clarity, and collect water samples which are tested for chlorophyll-a, total phosphorus, and nitrate, to determine algal density and nutrient concentration. Secchi depth is a measure of water transparency that involves lowering a black and white disk into the water and recording the maximum depth in which the black and white pattern can be distinguished from above the water’s surface.

“After 12 years of collecting data, we are finally getting a picture of the variability in water quality at the different sites,” Rich said. “On Beaver Lake, as you travel from Hwy. 412 bridge to the dam, chlorophyll-a decreases and Secchi transparency increases. This is because as water moves through the lake, nutrients are used up and suspended particles like sediment and algae fall to the bottom, making the northern part of the lake less productive.”

This year’s data shows that most water quality parameters were fairly close to the 12-year average.  The average lake Secchi depth this year was around 9 feet, which is slightly higher than the long-term average of 8.8 feet.  The average lake chlorophyll-a this year was 6.39 parts per billion (ppb) which was slightly lower than the longer term average of 7.32 ppb.  Both of these values point to 2017 as being a year with better than average water quality.  However, there are a lot of factors that play into those numbers and the amount and timing of rainfall is one of the largest contributors.

“Secchi Day started as a way to engage citizen scientists but has given us some really good data.  We are committed to the long haul on this data and will likely only start to see trends play out on timescales of multiple decades.  As the watershed around the lake changes, Secchi Day is there as a measure of how the lake will respond to that change,” Rich said.

James McCarty, BWD’s Manager of Environmental Quality, added that “Secchi Day is only one example of the work we do. In fact, all year-round BWD, the United States Geological Survey, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Water Resources Center collect data on Beaver Lake and its tributaries. Nutrient loads to Beaver Lake are a major driver of algae production so we work with many different partners to encourage programs that monitor for and help to reduce sources of nutrients. For example, just this last year, BWD and partners assembled an $8.6 million multi-year grant to reduce sources of nutrients in the West Fork of the White River, a major tributary to Beaver Lake.”

To read this year’s Secchi report, link to BWD’s website at then go to the Secchi Day page here ( and the report will be on the bottom left. Next year’s event will be held on Aug. 18, 2018. Secchi Day on Beaver Lake is made possible by 12 partners including BWD, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Beaver Lake, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Northwest Arkansas Stormwater, Hobbs State Park, Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Ozarks Water Watch, One Community, and Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Secchi Day is one of the premiere water public awareness and education events in Arkansas.

 About Beaver Water District

BWD’s board meets monthly with the exception of December. The board consists of three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. They are elected to six-year terms and every two years, a position comes open in each county. The board oversees BWD, which cleans and purifies drinking water sold at the wholesale price of $1.34 per 1000 gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. The raw water is sourced from Beaver Lake, which one in seven Arkansans relies on lake for safe, clean drinking water. BWD’s 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 more information, visit

Oct. 12, 2017 News: Record-breaking Water Sales Point To Continuing Northwest Arkansas Growth

Northwest Arkansas’ largest drinking water supplier broke its record for sales in Fiscal Year 2017, and the two-county area’s other primary water provider will approach an all-time sales record.

Both the Beaver Water District and the Benton/Washington Regional Public Water Authority delivered more water to their customers even though summer temperatures were below average. Those record sales in a year with cooler-than-normal summer weather indicates the region’s rising population is driving increased water consumption, said Larry Lloyd, the Beaver Water District’s chief operating officer.

The Beaver Water District’s four customers — the cities of Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers and Springdale — consumed an average of 51 million gallons a day in Fiscal Year 2017, which ended Sept. 30. That was up from 48.1 million in FY2016. This year’s water sales of 18.6 billion gallons eclipsed the record sales in 2016 by 6.06 percent.

The Northwest Arkansas Council gathered water consumption data from the two providers because it’s a way to validate the rapid growth in population estimates shared each year by the U.S. Census Bureau.

“We just keep selling more and more water and it’s not because it’s hot and dry,” Lloyd said. “None of our record months were in the summer, and that alone suggests it’s all about the growth in the region.”

Meanwhile, sales at the Benton/Washington Regional Public Water Authority, more commonly referred to as “Two-Ton,” are on pace to be within 1 percent of its best sales year despite the cooler summer weather.  Scott Borman, the water authority’s general manager, said August’s average high temperature was near 83 degrees. The average August high over the past 40 years is 89 degrees, he said.

Through nine months of 2017, Two-Ton’s customers purchased 2.3 billion gallons. Those customers, who include 16 rural water providers and small cities, sold 3.1 billion gallons last year. It’s clear to Borman that the additional sales are generally to residential customers as its 16 members have about 1,000 more water meters than in 2016, Borman said.

For the Beaver Water District, the biggest growth is in Bentonville, where water consumption was up 11 percent over FY2016. Consumption increased in Fayetteville (5.6 percent), Rogers (4.5 percent) and Springdale (4.4 percent), too.

Both water wholesalers are well positioned to handle higher demand as they pull more water from Beaver Lake. Through the year’s first nine months, Two-Ton’s peak consumption was near 24 million gallons a day with its daily average near 9.5 million gallons. Its plant can deliver 40 million gallons to customers if necessary.

The Beaver Water District can treat up to 140 million gallons daily, and its peak day in Fiscal Year 2017 was near 68 million gallons.


Rob Smith, Northwest Arkansas Council, Email:

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At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, the usual Trivia Night at Fossil Cove Brewing Co., 1946 N. Birch Ave., in Fayetteville, Ark., will focus on water facts. The Imagine a Day Without Water Trivia Night is co-sponsored by Fossil Cove and Beaver Water District (BWD). The actual national observance is on Oct. 12.

“In the past two years, Beaver Water District has conducted social media campaigns around the event,” said Amy Wilson, BWD’s Director of Public Affairs. “This year, we wanted to engage the community in a more active way. Trivia Nights occur in other areas of the country so we thought we would pilot a project this year and see how it goes.”

Wilson added that BWD staffer Dot Neely, the utility’s Education Coordinator, will be on hand as co-host with Tyler Horne, Fossil Cove Distribution Manager and Trivia Night Emcee, to engage the public and provide Imagine a Day Without Water prizes to winners.

BWD and Fossil Cove are joining with many elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, and businesses participating throughout the United States in the third annual Imagine a Day Without Water, a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water. Led by the Value of Water Campaign, hundreds of organizations across the country will host events aimed at raising awareness about the crucial need for investment in our nation’s water infrastructure to ensure that no American community is left without safe and reliable water. Others in Arkansas conducting Trivia Night events include Bentonville Wastewater partnering with Bike Rack Brewing Co. in Bentonville and Central Arkansas Water in Little Rock partnering with Stone’s Throw Brewing, both on Thursday, Oct. 12. Additionally, the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association has been distributing Imagine a Day Without Water window clings throughout the state.

“We’re thrilled that Beaver Water District and Fossil Cove Brewing Co. are a part of Imagine a Day Without Water. This national day of action educates our neighbors and public officials about the essential role water plays in all our lives, and the threat that aging and underfunded water infrastructure poses to our communities and economy,” said Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Campaign.

BWD’s 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. BWD supplies clean, safe drinking water, sourced from Beaver Lake, at the wholesale price of $1.34 per thousand gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities in Northwest Arkansas then pump, store, distribute and resell the water to their customers — more than 320,000 people and industries in their cities and surrounding areas. Fossil Cove Brewing Co. noted that the turnout for Water Trivia may be greater than usual and seating is limited, so bring a chair and plan to arrive before or by 6:30 p.m. Trivia begins at 7 p.m.

Media Contacts

Amy Wilson | Beaver Water District Public Affairs Director | |o. 479.756.3651

Abigail Gardner |Value of Water Campaign Communications Director|| o. 412 421 0809 | c. 412 977 3051

The Value of Water Campaign educates and inspires the nation about how water is essential, invaluable, and in need of investment. Spearheaded by top leaders in the water industry, the Value of Water Campaign is building public and political will for investment in America’s water infrastructure.