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Enter the Water Education Contest

Beaver Water District’s Water Education Contest deadline has been extended to June 30th. So, get busy and you’ll receive a Triangle Cooling-Cloth Bandana. It’s easy. Just choose from an activity listed below, take photos, then email education@bwdh2o.org with the photos, name and mailing address. Include the number of bandanas for those who participated. Supplies are limited to one bandana per person. Some photos will be posted to @BeaverWaterDistrict on Facebook. Please also post your photos to social media with the hashtag #bwdh2o. If you have a question, email education@bwdh2o.org.

 

  • Sweep your driveway, patio, or sidewalk with a broom instead of hosing it off or using a blower. This conserves water resources, reduces noise pollution, and saves on electricity.
  • Put leaf litter and yard clippings in a compost pile or a brown paper leaf bag you deliver to or have picked up by City Compost or Mulch facilities. Resource: Compost and Composting.
  • Spread straw, wood chips, or other organic mulch in flower beds, gardens, and erosion prone areas of bare soil. Resource: Conservation Tips for Landscaping.
  • Color a page from the Water Fun Facts Coloring Book.

May 21, 2020 — Beaver Water District’s Adam Motherwell Reappointed to National Water Committee

Adam K. Motherwell, CPA, of Fayetteville, Chief Financial Officer for Beaver Water District (BWD), has been reappointed to the Audit Committee of the American Water Works Association for a new three-year term (2020-2023).

Motherwell joined BWD in 2014. A graduate of the Walton College of Business, he has 42 years of experience, including 14 years serving as Associate Dean for Finance & Administration in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville; corporate auditor; Arkansas Division of Legislative auditor; and University of Arkansas System Auditor. His credentials include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), past Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), University of Arkansas Credit Union Treasurer, and Chairman of the Audit Committee for the City of Fayetteville.

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, to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities in Northwest Arkansas then pump, store, distribute and resell the water to their customers — more than 350,000 people and industries in their cities and surrounding areas. For more information, contact Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs, at awilson@bwdh2o.org.

Board Meeting – May 21, 2020

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 21, 2020 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Recommendation – Preliminary Design Agreement for Engineering Services – Olsson – Western Corridor Transmission Line
  5. Recommendation — Preliminary Design Agreement for Engineering  Services – Black & Veatch – Western Corridor Pump Station
  6. Recommendation – FY 2021 Financial Plan
  7. Recommendation – Compensation Study – Salary Structure

Other Business

    • COVID19 Status
    • Water Production Report

May 11, 2020 — 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).

“During some springs, conditions in Beaver Lake can favor the rapid growth of algae,” said Dr. James McCarty, Environmental Quality Manager for BWD. “While most algae are relatively benign, some can impact the taste and odor of the finished drinking water.”

One such algae, Uroglena volvox, is experiencing a bloom in parts of Beaver Lake right now.  Some Uroglena are known for imparting a fishy taste and smell to the water.  The last time we experienced a spring Uroglena bloom was in 2015.  While some of our 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, are effective at removing taste and odor compounds in drinking water.

“These taste and odor issues are not unique to our area,” McCarty said. “It’s just a seasonal event. It may last a few weeks, but the timeframe varies. 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.”

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, to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities in Northwest Arkansas then pump, store, distribute and resell the water to their customers — more than 350,000 people and industries in their cities and surrounding areas. For more information, contact Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs, at awilson@bwdh2o.org.

Drinking Water Week is May 3-9! Enter the Water Ed Contest. Deadline is May 31

Once a year for the past several decades, Beaver Water District (BWD) has observed the first week in May as Drinking Water Week. “The ability to meet our Mission and Vision at Beaver Water District, to serve our customers’ needs by providing high quality drinking water and to meet the challenges of our community by preserving the quality of our source, Beaver Lake, is made much easier by the efforts, expertise, and commitment of our four customer cities,” said Lane Crider, CEO of BWD. “As we celebrate Drinking Water Week 2020, Beaver Water District wants to recognize the cities of Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville, and thank them for doing their part in providing drinking water to all consumers of this most valuable resource here in Northwest Arkansas.” This year, BWD invites the public to “virtually” kick off the celebration, which is May 3-9, by participating in a Water Education Contest, led by the District’s education team.

“The first step in the drinking water treatment process is source water protection,” said Dot Neely, Education Coordinator for BWD. “In Northwest Arkansas, the source we want to take care of is Beaver Lake, which supplies water for one in six Arkansans. So that’s the focus for our Water Education Contest.” Participate in the Water Education Contest, which ends on May 31, and receive a water-themed bandana.

In addition to the contest, BWD is rolling out its updated “Your Water for Life” campaign with public service announcements (PSAs) that emphasize the connection between Beaver Lake source water protection and production of drinking water for Northwest Arkansas. “The PSA begins with a question to get people thinking about why they should care about water,” said Amy Wilson, BWD’s Director of Public Affairs. The message goes on to explain that many of us simply expect the water to be there when we turn on the faucet, but there’s a lot that goes into making water from Beaver Lake clean and available for customers. “Part of the PSA showcases our environmental staff at work monitoring the quality of the water in our tributaries and the lake,” she said. “It’s important to protect Beaver Lake and keep it clean. Our dedicated professionals closely monitor water quality in the lake and its tributaries. At the end of the day, it’s all about protecting our resources.” The slogan for the campaign is “It’s Your Water for Life!”

Board Meeting – April 16, 2020

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

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

April 16, 2020 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Presentation – Western Corridor Transmission Line — Statement of Qualifications — Olsson
  5. Presentation — Western Corridor Pump Station — Statement of Qualifications — Black & Veatch

Other Business

    • COVID19 Status
    • Western Corridor Easement Acquisition Update
    • BWD Financial Report
    • Water Production Report

Important COVID-19 Announcement from the BWD Team

 

Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with recommendations from the Governor’s office, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), all Beaver Water District facilities are closed to the public until further notice. First and foremost, the District will continue to provide safe, clean drinking water to its customers. For up-to-date information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the CDC and the ADH websites.

Link here to our COVID-19 FACT SHEET | Spanish Version | Marshallese Version

March 16, 2020 — Holiday Island Earns Best Tasting Drinking Water Award

Dan Schrader of the Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District (SID) did the honors when he accepted first place for best tasting drinking water on March 11th at the Center for Nonprofits in Rogers during the monthly meeting of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Waterworks and Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA). Holiday Island will now compete for the statewide award during the 2020 Annual Conference & Exposition of AWW&WEA, which will be held April 27-29 in Hot Springs.

Second place resulted in a 3-way tie between the City of Bentonville, Bella Vista Property Owners Association (POA) and Beaver Water District. Other competitors included Rogers Water Utilities, Springdale Water Utilities, and Washington Water Authority.

Mitchell Reddington, Nathan Miles, and Ben Kennedy with Rausch Coleman served as judges. They evaluated and scored water samples on clarity, color, odor, and taste.

Past winners include Springdale Water Utilities (2019), Rogers Water Utilities (2018), City of Bentonville (2017), Rogers Water Utilities (2016), Prairie Grove (2015), Beaver Water District (2014), and Rogers Water Utilities (2013).

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. The following individuals are NW District 2020 officers: Mayo Miller, Jacobs Engineering, Chair; Zak Johnston, Washington Water Authority, Secretary/Treasurer; and Austin Ramsfield, Jacobs Engineering, Vice Chair. Visit nwd-awwwea.org for more information.

March 2, 2020 — Beaver Water District Hires Amber Ebbrecht

Amber Ebbrecht of Fayetteville has joined the staff of Beaver Water District (BWD) as Assistant Education Coordinator. Ebbrecht will assist the BWD Education Coordinator and the Director of Public Affairs with all education and public outreach activities, events, and tasks. This includes leading Water Education Center hands-on education and tours, providing classroom presentations, engaging in public outreach, and supporting strategies to continue the growth and use of BWD Water Education curriculum in schools, at the BWD Water Education Center, and with partner organizations. Ebbrecht has a B.F.A. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and holds a standard license in pre-K-12 from the Arkansas Department of Education. Her professional experience includes Director of Education and Outreach at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Volunteer Coordinator at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, and eight years as an educator in Fayetteville Public Schools. In 2017, Ebbrecht received a Fayetteville Public Schools Above & Beyond Award.

Board Meeting – February 20, 2020

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

February 20, 2020 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Presentation – BWD Master Plan

Other Business

    • BWD Financial Report
    • Regulation 37 — Rulemaking — Arkansas Nutrient Water Quality Trading
    • Water Production Report