Media Releases
August 17, 2017         
Contact: Tim Nyander
Utilities Director
Utilities Services Division

Fayetteville’s Water Utility Receives Recognition for Second Consecutive Year
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The partnership of the City of Fayetteville and CH2M has received national recognition as a Utility of the Future Today for a second year in a row. In 2016, the recognition program’s inaugural year, Fayetteville and CH2M were honored for their organizational culture and the beneficial biosolids reuse program. This year, the City is being recognized for a second year, but in a new area of performance – watershed improvement efforts.
Restoring streambanks, installing rain gardens, reducing nutrient loadings from nonpoint sources, and embracing innovative solutions to minimize phosphorus runoff summarize the improvements made by working closely with regional collaborators – Beaver Water District, Water Conservation Resource Center, Beaver Watershed Alliance, and Illinois River Watershed Partnership. Direct and indirect support also came from Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Washington County Extension Services, and Arkansas Natural Resource Commission.
The Utility of the Future Today concept is being promoted as the nation’s water system faces challenges such as aging infrastructure, water pollution, workforce shortages, and impacts of climate change – including drought, floods, storms, and sea level rise. Its framework provides a model for utilities of all sizes to achieve more efficient operations, enhanced productivity, and long-term sustainability. Utility of the Future Today recognition celebrates the achievements of forward-thinking, innovative water utilities that are providing resilient value-added service to communities. The 2017-recognized utilities are transforming operations to meet challenges by recovering resources, engaging communities, forming untraditional partnerships, and building an internal culture of innovation.
“The innovations coming to the water sector present an opportunity for a paradigm shift in the way utilities think about and solve long-standing challenges to clean and reliable water,” said Eileen O’Neill, Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation. “WEF is excited to recognize the City of Fayetteville and CH2M for embracing innovative ways to better serve their communities.”  Fayetteville and CH2M will be recognized during an awards ceremony at WEFTEC 2017 – WEF’s 90th annual technical exhibition and conference – this October in Chicago. The Utility of the Future Today recognition program was launched in 2016 by four water sector organizations—the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) and WateReuse, with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Effective growth-management separates Fayetteville, the third-largest and fastest-growing city in Arkansas, from other communities. The City’s utility department manages public assets in four major divisions: Utility Management and Capital Projects, Water and Sewer Operations, Water and Sewer Services, and the CH2M contract operations. Since 1987, CH2M has provided wastewater treatment operations and maintenance services for the City. Today, fifty CH2M professionals operate Fayetteville’s two water-resources recovery facilities – the Paul R. Noland Wastewater Treatment Facility and the West Side Wastewater Treatment Facility. Also, CH2M operates the City’s Biosolids Management Site (with an adjacent 670-acre hay production), the Woolsey Wet Prairie Sanctuary (a 44-acre wetland restoration project), and several dozen sewer lift stations. Fayetteville’s utility department’s 76 staff members serve 92,000 residents in Fayetteville and neighboring communities.
To learn more about Fayetteville’s utility department, please visit this webpage.

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