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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.

 

April 21, 2021 — Public Invited to View Beaver Lake, Dam and Water District Installation at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area Visitor Center Through End of May

Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area Visitor Center recently invited Beaver Water District (BWD) to set up a “Beaver Dam, Lake, and Water District History” display in the Visitor Center at 20201 AR-12, Rogers. The installation was designed by Dot Neely, BWD Education Coordinator, and installed by Neely (left) and Chris Pistole, Park Interpreter. The installation may be viewed through May 31 during Visitor Center hours Sunday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/hobbs-state-park-conservation-area or http://www.bwdh2o.org.

 

 

Board Meeting – April 15, 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)

April 15, 2021 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Presentation — Watershed Conservation Resources Center: Improving Water Quality in Northwest Arkansas
  5. Presentation — Public Affairs Outreach and Education Annual Report

Other Business

    • COO Report
    • CEO Report

March 18, 2021 – Korenda Allen Named Human Resources Director of Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District has hired Korenda Allen, PHR, of Centerton as Human Resources Director. Allen replaces Pat Bates of Bentonville, who is retiring after more than 12 years of dedicated service. Allen’s duties include supporting the leadership team in matters related to general human resource management and state and federal regulatory compliance. Her responsibilities encompass compensation and benefits administration, training and development, development of policies and procedures, implementation of human resources programs, recruiting and staffing, and performance management systems.

Allen has practiced Human Resources (HR) for the past eight years, advancing her career from a recruiter to an HR generalist, and most recently in a regional role as an HR Business Partner with AseraCare Hospice. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and holds the Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification. Additionally, she has been active in the Western Arkansas Human Resource Association, where she has served on the Board as Workforce Development Chair. Allen is a graduate of Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics. She serves on the American Water Works Association’s Workforce Strategies Committee.

Board Meeting – March 18, 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)

March 18, 2021 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Recognition — Retirement of Patricia Bates, Human Resources Director
  5. Introduction — Korenda Allen, Human Resources Director
  6. Recommendation — Amendment and Modification — BWD Retirement Plan Committee
  7. Presentation — Update on Future Regulations

Other Business

    • COO Report
    • CEO Report

Board Meeting – February 18, 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)

February 18, 2021 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Presentation — Ozarks Water Watch in Arkansas
  5. Presentation — Septic Remediation Program-White River Basin

Other Business

    • COO Report
    • CEO Report

January 21, 2021 – Virtual Plant Tour, Education Games Offered by Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District’s Public Affairs and Education Team is proud to introduce to Northwest Arkansas, and the world at large, two new “virtual” education tools: Beaver Water District’s Drinking Water Plant Tour and the K-12 Land Use-Land Change Games.

“As is the case with so many organizations and institutions, the ongoing pandemic has changed how we deliver education and information to the community,” said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District (BWD). “Fortunately for us, we had already filmed much of the footage for a Virtual Drinking Water Plant Tour when the pandemic hit a year ago. To finish filming, we followed protocols and forged ahead to get the job done. As for the Land Use-Land Change Games, these presented a bigger challenge. They had been designed for hands-on use via immersive touch-screen kiosks at our Water Education Center at the Administration Center in Lowell. Many months of work was required to transition the games into a desktop/laptop learning environment. Both the video and the games complement the K-12 Water Science Activities, Lessons and Resources available for download and interactive engagement in classrooms, for remote learning, or for use by the general public and others at bwdh2o.org.”

To view the video, play the games, and learn more about Beaver Water District’s education offerings, or to request virtual education/speaker/presentation opportunities, visit bwdh2o.org or email education@bwdh2o.org.

About Beaver Water District

The mission of Beaver Water District (BWD) is to sustainably provide our customers with safe, economical drinking water. BWD provides the clean 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. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

November 12, 2020 — 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 2020-2021. Jacob Taylor (from left) of Rogers is pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. Machaela Morrison of West Fork is focused on a degree in Environmental, Soil and Water Science. Jake Krier of Fayetteville, a previous winner, is majoring in Biological Engineering. 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 Gift Services, 300 University House, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. For more information about making a tax-deductible donation, contact Kristen Ford, Associate Director of Development for the UA College of Engineering, at kristenf@uark.edu or call (479) 575- 6764.

About Beaver Water District

The mission of Beaver Water District (BWD) is to sustainably provide our customers with safe, economical drinking water. BWD provides the clean 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. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

Board Meeting – November 12, 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)

November 12, 2020 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Introduction — Steele Croxton Memorial Scholarship Recipients — 2020-2021
  5. Recommendation — 2021 Board Calendar
  6. Presentation – Secchi Day Virtual Science Fair
  7. Presentation – Risk & Resiliency Assessment and Emergency Response Plan
  8. Presentation – Cyber Security Plan

Other Business

    • COVID19 Status
    • Financial Report
    • Water Production Report