About Us

The Beginning

Benton County Water District # 1 was incorporated July 20th, 1970 as a Domestic Non-Profit Corporation under the provisions of Chapter 19, Title 64, Act 176, 1963, Revised Statutes of Arkansas. The period of existence of this corporation is perpetual. The purpose for which, or for any of which, this corporation is formed are to associate its members together for their mutual benefit and for the purpose of constructing, operating and maintaining a rural water distribution system for the supplying of potable water to its members.

The original incorporators were:

  • Dennis Massey

  • Keith Wilmoth

  • Robert Vern White

  • Derell Mason

  • B.J. Mills


Customers Over The Years

The water system started with a well installed in 1974 and 230 customers.

1980 - 459

1985 ­- 661

1990 - 978

1995 - 1,281

2000 - 1,577

2005 - 1,809

2010 - 2,060

2011 - 2,060

2005 - 1,809

2013 - 2,082

2014 - 2,104

2015 - 2,127

2016 - 2,177

2017 - 2,200

2018 - 2,305

2019 - 2,338

2020 - 2,425


Development

In 1993, the system joined what is now called Benton/Washington Regional Public Water Authority. Benton County Water District # 1 is a charter member of this organization.

Benton County Water District # 1 completed a Master Plan in July 2000; This Master Plan indicated needing storage and various line upgrades. The system put 1.25 million gallons of storage on line in late 2004 in addition to a portion of the line upgrades in 2001.

The master plan was updated in 2007, which indicates the system needs a backbone line across the system. This line will supply needed flows to prevent areas of the system from loosing volume and pressure during peak flows hours during the day.

The Board of Directors have approved raising rates, which will go into effect January 1, 2019. Please review the Schedule of Fees tab and the Public Notice tab to become familiar with the new rates and fees.


Water Usage

Our current daily water usage as of May 2019 is 668,000 gallons per day.


Our Board of Directors

  • President- Jerry Lovell

  • Vice President- Ronnie Smith

  • Director- Larry Mills

  • Director- Pete Van Zandvoord

  • Director- Jacob Davis

  • Sec./Tres.-Edwin Cooper