Lowell-based utility Beaver Water District (BWD) has chosen Kansas City, Mo. engineering firm Black & Veatch to begin the design for its $540 million water treatment facilities expansion program.
The expansion is in response to significant regional population growth and corresponding increases in water demand. The Beaver Water District supplies drinking water sourced from Beaver Lake to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville.
“As part of its 2023 master plan, the expansion program helps ensure BWD can provide its customers with safe, economical drinking water now and into the future,” said Andrew Hansen, associate vice president at Black & Veatch. “Our work with BWD serves as a catalyst to support northwest Arkansas with their water needs for years to come.”
According to a news release, the program will expand the capacity of supply and treatment from 140 million gallons per day (MGD) to 220 MGD, rehabilitate aging infrastructure, and expand water storage, pump stations, power generation, pipelines, and dewatering facilities by 2032.
Black & Veatch has been working with BWD since 2007, developed the utility’s 2023 master water plan and provided service on its $38 million Western Corridor Pumping Station project.