Fayetteville to host public hearing on new water line

Map showing project location (City of Fayetteville)

FAYETTEVILLE — The city has scheduled a public hearing to discuss the issuance of a bond for financing the new West Transmission Water Line project.

This hearing will take place during the next regularly scheduled City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 in Room 219 at City Hall, located at 113 W. Mountain St.

The proposed water line, extending 11 miles from a new Beaver Water District facility near Elm Springs to Fayetteville, aims to enhance water distribution efficiency for city residents, according to a news release.

The initiative will be financed through the Arkansas Natural Resources Division Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRF), a program providing low-interest loans to municipalities. City staff said the final loan amount will be determined following the certification and closing process later this year.

The DWSRF program is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Arkansas, and is administered by the state’s Department of Agriculture. It supports states and communities in upgrading water infrastructure to safeguard public health and environmental quality, the release states.

Fayetteville residents who are unable to attend the meeting in person can participate online through the standard Zoom process for all City Council meetings. The Zoom link should be posted on the city’s online calendar in the coming days.