Record Water Usage Amid Dry Conditions

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It’s no secret that when the mercury rises, so does water and electricity usage as people try to keep their landscaping alive and their homes cool.

But this year usage across much of Northwest Arkansas started to increase well ahead of summer amid drought-like conditions that are expected to worsen before there’s any sign of relief.

Beaver Water District sold a record amount of water in May, to the tune of 1.6 billion gallons, said Alan Fortenberry, CEO. Two factors generally cause more water production, he said. The first being more industry or people moving into a service area, the second being the weather.

“In this case, it was more so the weather,” Fortenberry said. “There’s been a lot of people having to do more irrigation.”

Beaver Water District sells water wholesale to Bentonville, Fayetteville, Springdale and Rogers, which then in turn resells water to their own residents and to the surrounding small cities. All told, the system serves more than 300,000 people. Click here to read the full story from our partners at