October 27, 2023 - See below for important changes related to Online Payment Portal!
January 10, 2023 - Due to the inflationary costs of fuel, materials, labor, and supplies, Bear Creek Water Association has instituted a rate increase on water and sewer services effective with usage beginning January 12. The rate increase will first be reflected on the customer bill due March 20. This is important as we address growth, ongoing maintenance, and aging infrastructure. As always, we will be prudent in spending and continue to seek avenues to lower expenses where possible.
August 29, 2022 - Bear Creek Water has increased deposit amounts to the below:
- Homeowners / Builders - $100 per service address
- Renters - $200 per service address
Current customers transferring across the system will have until January 1, 2023 to increase their deposit to the new amount.
April 2021 - April is "Safe Digging Month!" Each year, Mississippi's underground utility infrastructure is jeopardized by unintentional damage by those who fail to call to have underground lines located prior to digging. Undesired consequences such as service interruption, damage to the environment, personal injury, and even death are the potential results. Bear Creek Water Association encourages excavators and homeowners throughout the association to always call 811 before digging. Remember that SAFE DIGGING IS NO ACCIDENT!
Many have asked if COVID-19 (coronavirus) can be passed through the drinking water supply. There is no indication that the COVID-19 virus can be passed through our water supply. Our drinking water is rigorously sampled and tested as part of our normal requirements and regulations through the Mississippi State Department of Health. For more information on drinking water, sanitary sewer, and COVID-19, see this link from the United States Environmental Protection Agency https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/co
Be sure you are using the pay-online link on the front page of our website at www.bcwaterms.org. The OLD bill pay link is no longer working. If you were registered on our old site prior to December 2, 2019, you will have to re-enroll on the new site if you want to continue using online bill pay.
July 15, 2019 - Bear Creek Water Association has again earned the maximum score of 5.0 from the Mississippi State Department of Health for the drinking water supply. This is according to the MSDH inspection report dated May 23, 2019. The Mississippi State Department of Health conducts a yearly on-site inspection, and then gives a grade based upon several criteria. The three categories are technical, managerial, and financial. We are pleased that we have received the maximum score of 5.0 in all three categories.
March 31, 2019 - Bear Creek Water Association General Manager Nolan Williamson had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. last week to participate in the 2019 AWWA Water Matters! Fly-In. The trip was funded and sponsored by the American Water Works Association, and Nolan was chosen to represent approximately 1200 water systems within the state of Mississippi. Also attending from Mississippi were Dr. Jason Barrett, Assistant Extension Professor with Mississippi State University, and Mark Snow of Core & Main. The purpose of the trip was to meet with Mississippi's U.S.
October 11, 2018 - Effective November 1, 2018, Bear Creek Water Association is increasing its NSF/Returned Check fee from $15 to $35 per incident.
June 7, 2018 - Bear Creek Water Association has again earned the maximum score of 5.0 / 5.0 from the Mississippi State Department of Health for the drinking water supply. This is according to the MSDH inspection report dated May 18, 2018.
October 16, 2017 - Bear Creek Water Association has been named "Mississippi Water Distribution System of the Year" for 2017 by the American Water Works Association. The award was presented at the annual convention of the Alabama/Mississippi Section of the AWWA in Point Clear, Alabama. This is the third consecutive year that we have been awarded this prestigious honor.
September 2017 - Madison County Public Schools recently held a "Reality Fair" for the district's ninth graders, and Bear Creek Water Association was pleased to be part of the event, at which students learned about budgeting, writing checks, balancing a checkbook, and making financial decisions. Those decisions included the purchase of a car, a place to live, insurance, groceries, phone, and utilities. The students have been taking lessons on financial literacy, and the event is an opportunity for students to learn about life in the real world.
Bear Creek Water Association has again earned the maximum score of 5.0 / 5.0 from the Mississippi State Department of Health for the drinking water supply. This is according to the MSDH inspection report dated May 24, 2017.
That is a commonly asked question. Gavin Vassalli, a seventh grade student from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, set out to answer that question with his science fair project. His findings are very interesting. We commend Gavin for bringing recognition to the hard working professionals in the water industry, and for showing the public just how safe and clean drinking water in Mississippi can be. See the newspaper article at http://www.sunherald.com/news/local/education/article145475174.html
Bear Creek Water Association was recently featured in the Fall 2016 issue of Pipeline Magazine. Pipeline Magazine is the official magazine of the Alabama Mississippi Section of the American Water Works Association. Click here to read the article.
Do you ever take for granted the clean, fresh water delivered to your faucet every day? Bear Creek Water Association employee Keith Hutchison does not, and early in 2016, he made the decision to take a week of his personal vacation time to travel to a poor section of Haiti where clean drinking water did not exist. The plan was to help construct a well, some underground piping, and a small elevated tank. The locals would assist by digging their own pipe trenches, and helping with the installation. Keith traveled from Mississippi with a group of fellow Mississippians who had experience in
Bear Creek Water Association was recently named "Mississippi Water Distribution System of the Year" for 2016 by the American Water Works Association. This is the second consecutive year that we have been awarded this prestigious honor. See photo gallery for pictures.
How much does my water cost? That is a question we are often asked. The answer is that it is pretty cheap! An average family of four will use approximately 10,000 gallons of water per month for domestic purposes. That would result in a monthly bill of $26.80 for water only (excluding sanitary sewer). For comparison, a 20-ounce bottle of brand name water from a local convenience store is $1.29. So after sales tax is added, the bottle will cost you $1.38. Want to buy 10,000 gallons from them? That would be 64,000 bottles with a price tag of almost $90,000.00! So the next time you wan
On May 18, 2016, the Mississippi State Department of Health conducted their annual inspection of Bear Creek Water Association. We are extremely pleased to announce that we received a score of 5.0 in all three categories (technical, managerial, and financial). This is the highest score that a water system can achieve! We will continue to strive to bring you the cleanest water and best service possible.
On April 28, 2016, Bear Creek Water Association held a reception in memory of our friend and consulting engineer, James A. "Jim" Elliott. Jim passed away on January 19, 2016 at the age of 78. He had served as the consulting engineer for Bear Creek Water Association since its inception. We are forever indebted to him, and are grateful for his many contributions to the association. At the reception, the newly constructed engineering building on the Bear Creek Water Association campus was dedicated in his memory. See our photo gallery for pictures from the event.