On April 17, nineteen area leaders received plaques recognizing their completion of Beaver Water District’s Inaugural Citizens Water Academy. Participants included (from left, front row) Kelly Johnson, NWA Regional Airport Authority; Martine Pollard, Mercy Health System of NWA; Tommy Van Zandt, Sage Real Estate Solutions LLC; Brittney Gulley, Welcome Health; Karen McIntosh, Washington Regional Medical Center; (middle row, from left) Eileen Jennings, Arvest Bank; Tori Bogner, Baldwin & Shell Construction Co.; Matt Crafton, Crafton Tull; Jon Moran, Rogers Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce; Joel Slank, Rockline Industries; Richard Stone, City of Lowell; and (back row, from left) Cal Rose, Wright Lindsey & Jennings, LLP; Greg Lindley, Simmons Bank; Bo Bittle, Bittle Insurance; Jerry Vest, Regions Bank; Adam Rutledge, First Security Bank; Angela DeLille, Cox Communications; and Chris Decker, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. Not present for photo, Graham Cobb, Greater Bentonville Chamber of Commerce. (Photo courtesy of Beaver Water District). To be considered for the next class, send an email to Kayla Mhoon at email@example.com.
The purpose of the Citizens Water Academy is to educate a select group of people about the history and organizational makeup of BWD, the drinking water produced by BWD from Beaver Lake, and the Beaver Lake watershed in order to enable them to serve as ambassadors and to advocate on BWD’s behalf. This is beneficial not only to BWD and the protection of water quality in Beaver Lake, but it also supports community sustainability and regional economic growth.
The mission of BWD is to serve 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. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.