November 5, 2018 – Beaver Water District “Top Ops” Team Places 1st Regionally for 5th Year in a Row; Headed to National Competition for 5th Consecutive Year

Beaver Water District (BWD), drinking water supplier for more than 40 years in Northwest Arkansas, placed 1st in the Southwest Section-American Water Works Association (SWAWWA) Top Ops Challenge last week in Baton Rouge, La. The team members are (from left) Dustin Mayhew of Springdale, BWD Plant Operator II; Steven Caudle of Lowell, BWD Plant Operator II; and Gabe Frost of Siloam Springs, BWD Plant Operator II. Jesse Burch of Bella Vista, Operations Supervisor, serves as the team’s coach. Mindi Dearing of Farmington, Laboratory Supervisor, serves as Chair of the AWWA Top Ops Subcommittee.

Now the team will compete for the 5th consecutive year in the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Top Ops Challenge in Denver during AWWA’s 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition, which will be held June 9-13. 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 $1.36 per 1000 gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. In total, these cities and their customers serve about 330,000 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