Also see Benbrook

What is the BWA?

The Benbrook Water Authority provides water supply, treatment and distribution, as well as wastewater collection services to 20,000 plus residents of Benbrook. The BWA currently has a total facility investment of $26.7 million and an annual operating budget of approximately $10 million. The water operation is financed entirely from water revenues and water impact fees. The BWA is governed by a five-member Board of Directors, elected by the citizens of Benbrook. The wastewater operation is financed entirely by user charges and wastewater impact fees. BWA does not have the authority to levy ad valorem taxes but may issue bonds.

Benbrook Water Authority Board

Job descriptionThe Board is the governing body of the Benbrook Water Authority (BWA). Term is four years.
DutiesBWA is responsible for:
· Providing water and sanitary sewer service to 20,000 residents in the district
· Monitoring water quality
Annual salaryInformation unavailable; contact Board Secretary
MeetingsTwice monthly board meetings; special meetings called as needed.
BWA contact informationDavid Clark
Board Secretary
DClark@benbrookwater.com

Who’s Running?

Note: Two positions available

Dan Tully
John Adelmanhttps://www.facebook.com/john4bwa
Pat Dunkin (incumbent)
Curtis E. LarsenEmail: celarsen19@gmail.com
Email: c.e.larsen@tcu.edu
713-377-0718
Cody Bertramhttps://www.facebook.com/bertramforwaterboard
Karen Henderson
Nick Donshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/2367306983525247/
Robert E. Cook (Incumbent)

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Dan Tully
John Adelman
Pat Dunkin (incumbent)
Curtis E. Larsen
My top priority, as for any water treatment and distribution system, is always the safety of the water supplied to its customers. The next priorities are the reliability and cost-effectiveness of the system. The underlying principles supporting these priorities are open, respectful communication and transparency of operations with the customers.
Cody Bertram
Karen Henderson
Nick Dons
Robert E. Cook (Incumbent)
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Dan Tully
John Adelman
Pat Dunkin (incumbent)
Curtis E. Larsen
I am a registered professional engineer in Texas with 40 years of experience in engineering leadership applications from water and wastewater treatment and distribution, to on-shore and offshore structures, to rockets and spacecraft. My first engineering experiences were primarily in municipal and rural water treatment and distribution systems’ design and construction. I retired from NASA as the Technical Fellow for Loads and Dynamics and now teach in the Engineering Department at TCU. Education as follows:
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of North Dakota.
Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering, University of North Dakota.
PhD, Civil Engineering, Rice University.
Cody Bertram
Karen Henderson
Nick Dons
Robert E. Cook (Incumbent)
3. IN THE 2017 STATE WATER PLAN, PROJECTIONS SUGGEST THE POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SHORTFALLS IN THE NORTH TEXAS WATER SUPPLY OVER THE NEXT 50 YEARS. WHAT STRATEGIES SHOULD BWA PURSUE TO ENSURE SUFFICIENT WATER CONTINUES TO BE AVAILABLE?
Dan Tully
John Adelman
Pat Dunkin (incumbent)
Curtis E. Larsen
The continuous challenge to the Board of the Benbrook Water Authority is the wise investment of revenues to meet the demand of increasing water usage while maintaining and improving an aging system. Education of the customers in conservation is the primary investment strategy.
Second is monitoring of usage for leakage needing repair in the Benbrook Water Authority system and on the customers' home systems. Finally in the big picture the BWA must effectively work with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).
Cody Bertram
Karen Henderson
Nick Dons
Robert E. Cook (Incumbent)