FPU’s student board tours new water treatment plant

Fayetteville Public Utilities Student Utility Board (SUB) recently toured the new Water Treatment Plant and learned how Fayetteville’s water is taken from the Elk River and turned into clean drinking water.  

At the Water Treatment Plant, David Posey, FPU’s water plant supervisor, explained their responsibilities, led the plant tour and detailed how the plant filters and treats water from the Elk River to deliver safe, clean drinking water to FPU’s customers.

Supervised hands-on learning allowed students to test various stages of water samples in the plant’s new laboratory facility. While in the lab, the young board members tested water samples for pH levels, phosphate, iron, manganese, chlorine, fluoride and turbidity.

“I really enjoyed my tour of the new water treatment facility,” says Kate Parkes, SUB member. “It’s nice to know how clean our drinking water is, and that it’s even better than regulation requires.”

“Water treatment is more complex than I thought,” admits Jim Hammons, SUB member. “It was very interesting to learn where our water comes from.”

“There are certainly no corners cut by FPU when it comes to the health and safety of the people of Fayetteville,” says Will Clark, SUB member.

 “Each month when our Student Utility Board meets, they see and learn things about this utility that they did not know,” says FPU’s CEO and General Manager Britt Dye. “So far this year, they have gone behind the scenes to see how the water treatment process works, and they have visited with our electric department to learn how electricity is delivered to their homes. Each day the students spend at FPU will teach them what we do and how we serve the community on different levels.”

The November SUB meeting will highlight FPU’s Natural Gas Department. The youth board will tour a natural gas gate station and learn how natural gas is delivered to utility customers.


FPU’s David Posey (left) led the Student Utility Board on a tour of the new water plant. With Posey are SUB members Anna Belle Bradley, Calley Raby, Kate Parkes, Will Clark, Ben Robinson and Jim Hammons. Not pictured is Erin Wakefield, SUB member. Kate Parkes checks a water sample for manganese. Ben Robinson, Will Clark and Jim Hammons test water samples for fluoride levels.