After Conway flooding, Conway Corporation’s Board of Directors met Tuesday, to receive an update on the levee, as well as reports on the business’ standings. 

The Board met with Craig Johnson and Matthew Dunn of Crist Engineers, who have been working on a 30 year Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and presented their findings during the Tuesday meeting. 

Crist Engineers concluded that Conway’s water intake and demand will increase from 10 million gallons per day to 22.3 MGD by the year 2050. The water allocation Conway holds from Brewer Lake is approximately 19 MGD, concluding that the city is using over half the water intake every day. Crist explains that the demand will only increase over the years. 

The company states that by allocation from alternate water sources is the key to expanding the city’s water supply. 

In the presentation, Johnson laid out several options for the Board to choose from, having a few being the ideal solution. 

The objectives of the WTP are to:

Evaluate options for additional raw water supply

Validate Brewer Lake safe yield

Evaluate the Arkansas River as a dedicated source

Evaluate raw water transmission and treatment capabilities

Develop a Long Range Water Supply Plan with a capital outlay for a 30 year planning period

Out of 15 + alternative options, Crist Engineers selected seven options for the corporation to consider, with one in mind to be the ideal choice for the company. 

This alternative, allocating from the Arkansas River to the Roger Q. Mills Jr. Water Treatment Plant, along with Advanced Oxidation, will be the most cost effective of the other choices.

With the plan comes six sequences, which will slowly start treatment on the WTP capacity and further increase over the next 30 years. 

The plans provided by Crist Engineers are yet to be put up to a vote, as the meeting and presentation were merely for consideration as of now. There is no current plan for a decision over the Water Treatment and Capacity. 

Before the meeting with Crist commenced, Mayor Bart Castleberry spoke to the Board about the flooding and how the city stepped up to keep its residents safe and fix the dam/levee. 

“We felt a little bit confident going into the overall flood,” said Castleberry. “However, when the core of engineers starts talking about historical proportions that we haven’t seen before, we start making preparations.”

Starting May 26, the county began sandbagging the seven mile levee, piling up approximately 168,000 pounds, while also opening 24/7 access to hotlines, and overall monitoring the flooding. By May 28, the levee had reached a “normal but scary” level of leeching, with a breach of approximately 20 feet deep following in early June. Shortly after, the levee stopped leaking and by the words of Castleberry, “we dodged a bullet.”

“People asked me what [I thought] happened, and I said, ‘Well, an old history book I read, probably the same author, parted the Red Sea and I figured he had his hand on Conway, so I’ll stick with that.’” 

In other business, the board:

Reviewed the Financial report

Reviewed the Operations report

Reviewed the Technology report

Reviewed the Marketing report

Chief of Marketing Officer Crystal Kemp states that while incoming calls and lobby visits are down in comparison from the past year, the corporation is still increasing in customers and ad revenue. 

Three advertisements were presented to the board, which will be shown at the employee town hall meetings between July 23 and July 25.

Unanimously voted to revise the Net Metering Ordinance

Revisions include:

Meter aggregation to be eliminated

Indemnification revised to protect Conway Corp. 

Language added to require automatic disconnect

Unanimously approved the Off Site infrastructure improvements

Small modifications that require internal evaluation criteria approval

Bret Carroll, Chief Executive Officer announced a trip to MyCell in September, for the board to be involved in.