Category Archives: News Releases

June 18, 2018 – Beaver Water District Team Places 6th nationally in “Top Ops” Competition

Since 2016, Beaver Water District (BWD) has competed on the regional level, won the competition, and then qualified to send a team to the national “Top Ops” competition, held in conjunction with the annual American Water Works Association Convention and Expo (AWWA-ACE). This year, the event was held in Las Vegas. The BWD team placed 6th overall on June 14th. The team members are Nikki Holloway, Laboratory Analyst, of Springdale; and BWD Plant Operators Steven Caudle of Lowell and Gabe Frost of Siloam Springs. As mentioned earlier, this was the team’s third year to compete. However, Holloway is the only team member who has been on the team and competed in nationals for the entire three years. BWD’s Laboratory Supervisor, Mindi Dearing of Farmington, is also involved in Top Ops on the regional and national levels and serves as Chair of the AWWA Top Ops Subcommittee. 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.

May 21, 2018 – Beaver Water District Deploys Monitoring Equipment on Beaver Lake

James McCarty, Manager of Environmental Quality for Beaver Water District (BWD), announced equipment for monitoring water quality has been deployed in Hickory Flats Cove in the War Eagle arm of Beaver Lake. The vertical profile sampling platform resembles a small aluminum pontoon boat and will be stationary.  This equipment is part of a research program to help determine sources of nutrients in Beaver Lake.  The platform collects temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, and chlorophyll-a data from the column of water beneath the platform.  

“Collected data will help BWD determine causes of algae blooms, improving our understanding of Beaver Lake, the source of our drinking water,” McCarty said. “It will help us continue to provide clean safe drinking water to residents of Northwest Arkansas.”

McCarty explained that the deployment location is of particular importance because of the high algae concentrations that are measured there each year.  Coves have often been overlooked as important sources of nutrients and algae that can impact water treatment.  Hopefully this study will help us identify some of the factors that contribute to the high algae concentrations in Hickory Flats Cove and will ultimately lead to potential solutions to the problem here and in other coves.

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. For more information, visit http://www.bwdh2o.org/service-area.

Board Meeting – May 17, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

May 17, 2018 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Recommendation – Construction Management Contractor for Solids Facilities
  4. Recommendation – FY 2019 Long Range Financial Plan
  5. Other Business
    • Capitalization Policy
    • Retirement Plan Amendment

April 26, 2018 – Public Invited to Celebrate Drinking Water Week: 2:15 p.m. on Monday, May 7th

For immediate release: April 26, 2018

Alan Fortenberry, CEO of Beaver Water District (BWD), today announced a Drinking Water Week Press Conference to be held at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, May 7th, at BWD offices and Water Education Center, 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR. The press conference will kick off National Drinking Water Week. Woody Bassett, a Beaver Water District board member, and Fortenberry will officiate the event. BWD will showcase a new Value of Water and Beaver Lake Campaign.

“We want the public to know they can count on and trust clean, safe, affordable water sourced from Beaver Lake and provided to them by our hometown water departments – Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville — and Beaver Water District,” Fortenberry said.

The public and media are invited to attend. Expect refreshments and free educational items, such as Drinking Water Week Notebooks, bilingual coloring books, water bottles, grocery totes, Beaver Lake Watershed Maps and more.

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. For more information, visit http://www.bwdh2o.org/service-area.

April 17, 2018 – 19 Individuals Complete Inaugural Citizens Water Academy

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 kmhoon@bwdh2o.org.

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.

Board Meeting – April 19, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

April 19, 2018 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Presentation – BWD 2017 Strategic Plan Metrics Dashboard
  4. Presentation – Public Outreach 2017 Annual Report and 2018 Campaign
  5. Presentation — Citizens Water Academy Report
  6. Other Business
    • Replacement and Refurbishment Maintenance Projects

March 14, 2018 – Rogers Earns Best Tasting Drinking Water Award

The City of Rogers (Rogers Water Utilities) took first place for best tasting drinking water on March 14th at the Center for Nonprofits in Rogers during the monthly meeting of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA).

The City of Bentonville took second place, in a runoff second round of tasting. Other competitors included Beaver Water District, Springdale, Prairie Grove, and Siloam Springs. Rogers will now compete for the statewide award during the 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition of AWW&WEA, which will be held April 29-May 2 in Hot Springs.

Steve Waryas of McWane Ductile, Jason Bird of the Arkansas Department of Health, and Brent Hutchins of Brad Green and Associates served as judges. They evaluated and scored water samples on clarity, color, odor, and taste. Brad Stewart, Chair of the NW District AWW&WEA (Springdale Water Utilities), emceed the event. Nathan Hooper, Secretary/Treasurer (Benton-Washington Regional Public Water Authority), and Mayo Miller, Vice Chair (CH2M Hill) assisted with the event.

The Northwest District of the AWW&WEA was formed in 1950. Its mission is to encourage the education and licensing of its members in the field of water and wastewater systems, and to provide a venue by which the members can share information, obtain training, and improve the overall standing of water professions. Monthly meetings are held in various cities throughout the 10-county district in Northwest Arkansas. Visit nwd-awwwea.org for more information.

Additional information: Past winners include Bentonville (2017), Rogers (2016), Prairie Grove (2015), Beaver Water District (2014), and Rogers (2013).

Board Meeting – March 15, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

March 15, 2018 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Presentation – Technical Services Building Renovation Project
  4. Presentation – Laboratory Testing Equipment and Services to Cities
  5. Other Business
    • Western Corridor Pump Station Site Property Acquisition
    • Adjourn to tour of the Technical Services Building and Laboratory

Beaver Water District Board Members Recognize UA Students with Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships

Bill Watkins of Rogers (2nd from left), President of Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors, recognized University of Arkansas students (from left) Zachary Tipton of Fayetteville, Trent Woessner of Fayetteville, and Emily Sherrill of Rogers. These students each received a Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarship funded by participating Beaver Water District Board members.

During its regularly scheduled board meeting held Feb. 15th, the Beaver Water District (BWD) Board of Directors recognized University of Arkansas students Zachary Tipton of Fayetteville, Trent Woessner of Fayetteville, and Emily Sherrill of Rogers with Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships, which are funded by participating Beaver Water District board members.

Beaver Water District is governed by a six-member elected board of directors, with three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. Board members serve six-year terms, staggered by two years in each county.

Tipton, who is finishing his last semester of undergraduate studies at the University of Arkansas (UA) with a major in Environmental, Soil and Water Science, is minoring in Mandarin Chinese and Statistics. A non-traditional student, he’s studied abroad on many occasions, works fulltime in a UA computer lab to support his family, and tutors lower level students of Chinese through the UA International Programs office.

Woessner is a junior in the UA Biological Engineering Program and also is pursuing a minor in Sustainability. “Without the scholarship, my family and I would suffer a tremendous financial burden,” he wrote in his thank you letter.

Sherrill, also a junior at the UA, is majoring in Civil Engineering and has already completed a minor in Spanish. “I hope to someday serve the northwest Arkansas community as a professional engineer with an environmental focus.”

The scholarships, funded through voluntary contributions by participating BWD Board members and other interested individuals and organizations, is named for the late Joe M. Steele and the late Hardy W. Croxton, leaders and past Board members. The Memorial Scholarship Fund provides support to qualified students within the UA’s College of Engineering and College of Agriculture. The scholarship’s aim is to support students studying and exploring careers related to water.

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.

Board Meeting – Feb. 15, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

February 15, 2018 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Recommendation – Black & Veatch Solids Filter-to-Waste Final Design and Construction Phase Services Agreement
  4. Presentation – FY 2017 Audit
  5. Presentation — FY Process Improvement Projects
  6. Presentation – Hydration Campaign
  7. Other Business
    • Recognition of Steele Croxton Scholarship Awardees