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September 22, 2021 – UA Students Awarded Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships

The following University of Arkansas (UA) students have received Joe M. Steele & Hardy W. Croxton Memorial Scholarships for Fall 2021. Jacqueline Steinauer (from left) of Fayetteville is pursuing a degree in Biological Engineering. Braden Wise of Greenland is focused on a degree in Civil Engineering. Jonathan Brye of Farmington is majoring in Environmental, Soil and Water Science. Beaver Water District Board Members donate board meeting attendance fees to the scholarship fund. These scholarships provide financial assistance to upperclassman or graduate students in the Departments of Civil Engineering, Biological and Agricultural Engineering or Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences who have demonstrated interest in drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment, environmental or life sciences. The fund is managed by the University of Arkansas Foundation. Donations may be made payable to the University of Arkansas Foundation, Inc. — with Joe M. Steele & Hardy W. Croxton Memorial Scholarship in the memo line — and mailed to University of Arkansas, ATTN: Gift Services, 1125 West Maple Street, Suite 210, 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. For more information about making a tax-deductible donation, contact John Fray, Associate Director of Development for the UA College of Engineering, at johnfrayf@uark.edu.

About Beaver Water District

The mission of Beaver Water District (BWD) is to sustainably provide our customers with safe, economical drinking water. BWD pumps the clean water –sourced from Beaver Lake and then put through the water treatment process — to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities in Northwest Arkansas then store, distribute, and resell the water to their customers. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

September 20, 2021 — Algae is the Culprit behind Drinking Water Taste and Odor Issues

Increasing amounts of algae in Beaver Lake may lead some customers to detect taste or odor in their drinking water right now. What is important to remember is that the water is safe to drink, according to officials with Beaver Water District (BWD).

“In the summer, conditions in Beaver Lake can favor the rapid growth of algae,” said Lane Crider, CEO of Beaver Water District. “While most algae are relatively benign, some can impact the taste and odor of the finished drinking water.”

Crider added that while some customers may be sensitive to its taste and smell, the blooms are typically short-lived.  Regardless, the water is still safe to drink.

Taste and odor issues occur as a result of environmental conditions, but human actions can be a contributor, officials said, adding that they want customers to understand the cause of taste and odor and be proactive about taking care of Beaver Lake. To help keep the lake free of too many nutrients, which contribute to the growth of algae, maintain your septic systems, don’t over fertilize lawns, and contain sediment and dirt on construction sites with silt fencing or other stormwater best management practices.

During events such as these, taste and odor at the tap can be minimized in a variety of ways. For instance, chilling water and/or adding some lemon to the water will help. In addition, carbon filters – the type used in water pitchers or attached to faucets, can be effective at removing taste and odor compounds in drinking water.

“These issues are not unique to our area,” Crider said. “These are seasonal aesthetic events that may last a few days or several weeks. The timeframe varies depending on specific water conditions and algal characteristics. No matter how short or long the duration of the event, however, we want to assure our customers that the water is safe to drink.”

For more information, link to this Fact Sheet on Taste and Odor. https://www.bwdh2o.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/091521-BWD-Taste-and-Odor-Fact-Sheet-UPDATE.pdf

About Beaver Water District

The mission of Beaver Water District (BWD) is to sustainably provide our customers with safe, economical drinking water. BWD pumps the clean water –sourced from Beaver Lake and then put through the water treatment process — to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities in Northwest Arkansas then store, distribute, and resell the water to their customers. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

Board Meeting – September 16, 2021

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

September 16, 2021 12:00 Noon

VIRTUAL: Email kmhoon@bwdh2o.org for meeting information.

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Welcome — Kevan and Bridgette Inboden
  5. Introduction — Steele Croxton Memorial Scholarship Recipients — 2021-2022
  6. Recommendation — 2010 Bond Refunding
  7. Presentation — Steele Building Renovation Project

Other Business

    • Combined COO Report and CEO Report

Meeting will adjourn to tour of the Steele Building.

August 2, 2021 – Annual Secchi Day Science Fair Goes Virtual Again in 2021

To ensure everyone’s safety during the coronavirus pandemic, the 16th Annual Secchi Day Science Fair at Beaver Lake will not be held in person this year, said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District. Instead, the “event” will take place online, with videos and photos of Environmental and Water Education activities for local citizens and friends around the world to learn from and enjoy. School children and educators, as well as families, are encouraged to get online to have fun while learning about everything water, from why it’s important to care about Beaver Lake, our drinking water source for most of northwest Arkansas, to sampling for and identifying the “critters” that tell the tale of water quality. Secchi Day on Beaver Lake water quality sampling activities will continue this year on Aug. 21, as usual, with all the necessary precautions to ensure volunteer citizen scientists and those who work for partner organizations are safe. Secchi Day is named for the Secchi Disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity. Visit https://www.bwdh2o.org/education-outreach/secchi-day/.

Board Meeting – July 15, 2021

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, AR 72745

July 15, 2021 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Presentation — Dissolved Oxygen Dynamics in Beaver Lake
  5. Recommendation — FY 2022 Personnel Budget

Other Business

    • COO Report
    • CEO Report

Executive Session

Board Meeting – June 17, 2021

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, AR 72745

June 17, 2021 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Presentation — Preliminary Design — Olsson — Western Corridor Transmission
  5. Recommendation — Final Design Agreement for Engineering Services — Black & Veatch — Western Corridor Pump Station
  6. Recommendation — Final Design Agreement for Engineering Services — Olsson — Western Corridor Transmission Pipeline
  7. Recommendation — Agreement for Engineering Services — Hawkins-Weir — Residuals Disposal Study

Other Business

    • COO Report
    • CEO Report

May 26, 2021 – 17th Annual War Eagle Appreciation Day Clean-up Float Set for June 5

(Press release courtesy of Beaver Watershed Alliance)

Media Contact:

Anna, Outreach Coordinator, 479-970-6063 anna@beaverwatershedalliance.org

Fast Facts:

  • 17th Annual War Eagle Appreciation Day event continues to provide education, outreach and stewardship for War Eagle watershed
  • Partners working together to bring a unique event to cleanup local waterways, volunteers needed for two stretches along War Eagle Creek.

17th Annual War Eagle Appreciation Day Clean-up Float Set for June 5 

The War Eagle Creek Clean-up Float will be held Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm. Please join local community partners and show your appreciation for War Eagle Creek by cleaning its waters. War Eagle Appreciation Day event partners will provide goodie bags and limited free shuttle to experienced boaters who wish to volunteer!

This is a BYOB (bring your own boat) event. To reserve a shuttle for this float, please contact Beaver Watershed Alliance by email (info@beaverwatershedalliance.org) or phone (470-750-8007). Two options are available for this volunteer cleanup event; a cleanup float from the Hwy 412 Bridge to Withrow Springs (shuttle provided by OAR outfitters) or Hwy 45 to “Gar Hole” (shuttle provided by War Eagle Creek Outfitters).

Sponsors and partners included Arkansas State Parks (Withrow Springs), Arkansas State Tourism, Beaver Water District, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Keep Arkansas Beautiful, Ozarks Water Watch, Boston Mountain Solid Waste District, War Eagle Creek Outfitters, and Ozark Adventure and Recreation Outfitters.

Board Meeting – May 20, 2021

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District VIA GoToMeeting Conference (To request to join the call, email kmhoon@bwdh2o.org)

May 20, 2021 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Presentation — Preliminary Design: Western Corridor Pump Station
  5. Recommendation — FY 2022 Financial Plan

Other Business

    • COO Report
    • CEO Report

April 22, 2021 — Beaver Water District Thanks Customer Cities’ Essential Water Workers May 2-8 During National Drinking Water Week

The alarm goes off. Time to wake up, brush your teeth, drink some water, make the coffee, prepare breakfast, take a shower, and so on.

There is a common denominator in the morning routine — reliable water on demand anytime you need it. In recognition of that, Beaver Water District is leading the charge to say “thank you” to essential water workers in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville during National Drinking Water Week, which is May 2-8. This commemoration is sponsored annually by the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

“Our goal is to pay tribute to our customer cities and their water personnel,” said Lane Crider, CEO of Beaver Water District (BWD). “It’s been a challenging year and that may continue for a while longer. However, the pandemic has not interrupted the flow of water to homes and businesses in Northwest Arkansas.”

Making sure water is readily available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year takes teamwork that has been based on a regional approach for well over half a century. Beaver Water District pumps water from Beaver Lake to its treatment plants on the outskirts of Lowell. BWD water professionals use “conventional water treatment” to make the water safe to drink and pump it to the four cities. Then the cities store the clean water in water tanks and distribute it through pipes to their customers, more than 350,000 people and businesses throughout Northwest Arkansas.

“We invite the public to say thank you in person when they can and also post on social media with the hashtag #DrinkingWaterWeek,” said Amy Wilson, director of public affairs. “Remember to tag city and water utility social media, too. Notice all the city water tanks as you are out and about going through your daily routine. These are essential pieces of the drinking water infrastructure puzzle, along with the pipes that run underground, which we never see. It’s our essential water workers at Beaver Water District and with the cities who make all of the puzzle pieces fit and work together.”

To learn more, visit Fayetteville’s water services at https://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/426/Water-Sewer-Operations. Springdale’s services are managed by Springdale Water Utilities at http://www.springdalewater.com. Rogers Water Utilities website address is http://www.rwu.org. Find Bentonville’s water department at http://www.bentonvillear.com/200/Water-Department.

For more than 40 years, AWWA and its members have used Drinking Water Week as a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Visit http://www.awwa.org for more information. BWD’s mission is to sustainably provide our customer with safe, economical drinking water. For more information, visit http://www.bwdh2o.org. Watch our 15-second Public Service Announcement.