ABOUT CENTERTON UTILITIES
Prior to the early 1970s, residents of Centerton got their household water by either hauling it home in barrels and jugs, digging a well, sharing a well with a close neighbor, or they laid privately owned service lines and pumped water to their home from the spring that is located at the corner of "A" and "Spring Street", directly behind the current Bemco, Inc. Homebuilders Dale Thompson and Sherman Kinyon, both who eventually became Mayors for the City of Centerton, also chose to lay water lines from the spring to home construction sites rather than dig a well onto each newly developed parcel; and it was this handful of pioneers that were the accidental creators of the Centerton Water Department.
Today the Centerton Waterworks and Sewer Commission manages Centerton Utilities. The Commission is composed of three(3) commissioners. The Centerton City Council appoints Commissioners for a ten(10) year term.
The day-to-day operational management of the department is provided by the Public Utilities Director, hired by the Centerton Waterworks and Sewer Commission.
Centerton Utilities serves water to over 22,000 customers that are located within the city and a large area lying to the north and west of the city. Centerton is a member of the Benton-Washington Regional Public Water Authority which is the source of the treated drinking water delivered to consumers by the department. The department has both elevated and ground-level water storage tanks. Centerton Utilities utilizes electronic meter reading. The department has mutual support connections with neighboring water systems in case of emergencies.
Centerton Utilities provides sewer service to over 17,800 sewer customers in the City. We have partnered with the City of Decatur for the treatment of its wastewater. This has been a very good working relationship and we look forward to a continued partnership for several years to come.