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Prosecutor: Officials Can Be Charged if Sewers Aren't Fixed

An Arkansas county prosecutor says he can charge city officials in Bethel Heights if they don't take action to fix the sewer system. 

by Associated Press, Wire Service Content Aug. 2, 2019, at 1:08 p.m.


Prosecutor threatens criminal charges against Bethel Heights officials Benton County's prosecutor threatened Bethel Heights officials Thursday with criminal charges if the town doesn't fix its sewer system.

by Laurinda Joenks - August 2, 2019 


Attorney: City's water processing breaks law Nathan Smith, the Benton County prosecuting attorney, said Thursday that the city of Bethel Heights is breaking the law, and he gave them 30 days to...

by Laurinda Joenks - August 2, 2019 


Prosecutor to Bethel Heights mayor: Fix sewage issues or be criminally charged

by: Kate Jordan, Kelly O'Neill  Posted: Aug 1, 2019 / 05:52 PM CDT / Updated: Aug 1, 2019 / 10:42 PM CDT


Bethel Heights Officials Face Criminal Charges If Wastewater Issue Left Unsolved

POSTED 4:50 PM, AUGUST 1, 2019, BY 5NEWS WEB STAFF, UPDATED AT 05:07PM, AUGUST 1, 2019


Bethel Heights Responds To Accusations Against Wastewater Treatment System

POSTED 8:41 PM, JULY 30, 2019, BY KATHRYN GILKER


Bethel Heights denies contamination from treatment plant

City denies contamination from treatment plant

by Laurinda Joenks | July 30, 2019


Bethel Heights mayor answers to ADEQ about wastewater issues after denial

by: Kate Jordan Posted: Jul 31, 2019 / 07:43 PM CDT / Updated: Aug 1, 2019 / 09:31 AM CDT


Bethel Heights denies problems with wastewater treatment plant

MAYOR: Our city denies all claims of the dumping or flooding of the raw sewer to any residents, property or ponds.

by: Kate Jordan Posted: Jul 29, 2019 / 07:11 PM CDT / Updated: Jul 31, 2019 / 09:06 PM CDT


Bethel Heights city officials release statement on city website on waste water treatment

Bethel Heights city officials release statement on city website on waste water treatment  

POSTED JULY 29, 2019 | 8:14PM 


Bethel Heights issues statement about waste water treatment

Bethel Heights released a statement on its website today denying any allegations of operating its wastewater treatment plant outside of its permit.... 

by Staff report | JULY 29, 2019  at 2:20 p.m.


Bethel Heights residents want out; seek becoming part of Springdale

Tina Bowen's grandchildren were in town, but she wouldn't let them play in her Bethel Heights backyard.... 

by Laurinda Joenks | July 28, 2019 at 2:22 a.m.


Bethel Heights residents want out; seek becoming part of Springdale

SPRINGDALE -- Tina Bowen's grandchildren were in town, but she wouldn't let them play in her Bethel Heights backyard. She said it's full of stinking sewage that's spilling from the wastewater treatment... 

by Laurinda Joenks | July 28, 2019 at 2:22 a.m.


Local town submits plans to curtail sewage issue

BETHEL HEIGHTS, Ark. (KNWA) — The Bethel Heights wastewater treatment facility has tested positive for high levels of fecal bacteria and E… 

Posted: Jul 27, 2019 / 02:20 PM CDT / Updated: Jul 27, 2019 / 02:20 PM CDT 📷KNWA


A CLOSER LOOK: Bethel Heights waste treatment has history of ADEQ noncompliance

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality first became aware of the high bacteria levels in Bethel Heights months ago. 

by: Hicham Raache Posted: Jul 26, 2019 / 06:47 PM CDT / Updated: Jul 26, 2019 / 06:52 PM CDT


A CLOSER LOOK: Bethel Heights waste treatment has history of ADEQ noncompliance

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality first became aware of the high bacteria levels in Bethel Heights months ago. 

by: Hicham Raache Posted: Jul 26, 2019 / 06:44 PM CDT / Updated: Jul 26, 2019 / 06:51 PM CDT


Deadline comes for Bethel Heights to submit wastewater plan

Friday was the deadline the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality gave Bethel Heights to submit a plan to fix water problems in the ... 

by TAYLOR PANNELL40/29 NEWS, Updated: 6:59 PM CDT Jul 26, 2019 📷4029tv


Bacteria levels high in Bethel Heights' wastewater

Recent testing of Bethel Heights' treated wastewater showed bacteria level so high the city must start notifying the public of health concerns, according to the ... 

by Doug Thompson | July 26, 2019 at 1:05 a.m


Bethel Heights Residents Petition To Become Part Of Springdale Over Water Quality Concerns; City Misses ADEQ Deadline

POSTED 6:50 PM, JULY 26, 2019, BY VERONICA ORTEGA, UPDATED AT 06:19AM, JULY 30, 2019


Bethel Heights Residents Petition To Become Part Of Springdale Over Water Quality Concerns

BETHEL HEIGHTS, Ark. (KFSM) — A group of Bethel Heights residents started a petition to become a part of Springdale. This comes after revelations that bacteria levels at a city wastewater facility are high and now the state is taking action. Lawrence Bowen has lived on his property in Bethel Heights since 1977. He says the city has been illegally dumping wastewater through a pipe onto their property for years. He says the runoff creeping into his backyard leaves behind...

POSTED 6:50 PM, JULY 26, 2019, BY VERONICA ORTEGA, UPDATED AT 07:41PM, JULY 26, 2019 | 5nEWS 📷5newsonline.com


Jul 25, 2019 | 8:02 PM | Article

ADEQ sets deadline for Bethel Heights to submit wastewater plan

People in Bethel Heights complain sewage and fecal matter are leaking onto their properties.


Jul 25, 2019 | 3:23 PM | Video

Bethel Heights residents circulating petition to become part of Springdale

Bethel Heights residents spoke up during public comment at the Springdale City Council meeting, asking to circulate a petition for annexation. They said that their concerns about sewage flow from the city haven't been addressed.


ADEQ: Bethel Heights wastewater bacteria levels “too numerous to count”

BETHEL HEIGHTS, Ark. (KFTA) — Bacteria levels at a Bethel Heights wastewater treatment facility are so high that the state is stepping in. 

by: Kelly O'Neill Posted: Jul 25, 2019 / 09:38 PM CDT / Updated: Jul 26, 2019 / 09:12 AM CDT


ADEQ: Bethel Heights wastewater bacteria levels “too numerous to count”

BETHEL HEIGHTS, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Bacteria levels at a Bethel Heights wastewater treatment facility are so high that the state is stepping in. A letter by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality says the city needs to take immediate action. Bethel Heights will need to immediately begin sampling for Fecal Coliform Bacteria (FBC) and E... 

by: Kelly O'Neill Posted: Jul 25, 2019 / 09:36 PM CDT / Updated: Jul 26, 2019 / 09:52 AM CDT 📷KNWA


Bethel Heights bacteria levels prompt warnings

Testing of Bethel Heights' treated wastewater on July 16 showed bacteria levels so high the city will have to start notifying the public of health ......

July 25, 2019 📷Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


ADEQ sets deadline for Bethel Heights to submit wastewater plan

People who live in Bethel Heights said that their concerns about the sewage flow from the city's waste management system are not being …

Updated: 8:02 PM CDT Jul 25, 2019 📷4029tv


Bethel Heights residents want out; seek becoming part of Springdale

Property owners started a petition drive among Bethel Heights residents to consolidate the smaller town into Springdale.... 

by Laurinda Joenks | July 24, 2019 at 1:03 a.m.


Bethel Heights residents want out; seek becoming part of Springdale

SPRINGDALE -- Tina Bowen's grandchildren are in town. But she won't let them play in her Bethel Heights backyard. She said it's full of stinking sewage spilling from the wastewater treatment plant next... 

by Laurinda Joenks | July 24, 2019 at 1:03 a.m.


Bethel Heights resident delivers bags of sludge to council, members leave citizens without response

BETHEL HEIGHTS -- Silence. Residents attending Tuesday night's meeting of the City Council were met with silence as they spoke about concerns about the city's wastewater treatment plant. The plant has... 

by Laurinda Joenks | July 17, 2019 at 1:09 a.m.


Mike Masterson: Sewage Woes

An ecological mess has been simmering for years in the Northwest Arkansas community of Bethel Heights. And wouldn't ya know, my old ...

by Mike Masterson | July 16, 2019 at 2:23 a.m. 📷Arkansas Online


NWA EDITORIAL: Up a creek?

If, on traveling through Benton and Washington counties, you've ever wondered why tiny Bethel Heights exists, you'd not be the first person to ... 

by NWA Democrat-Gazette | July 2, 2019 at 1:00 a.m. 📷NWAOnline


Editorial Roundup: Recent editorials in Arkansas newspapers | State

If, on traveling through Benton and Washington counties, you've ever wondered why tiny Bethel Heights exists, you'd not be the first person to ...

July 2, 2019. 📷Clay Center Dispatch


Wastewater woes remain in spotlight in Bethel Heights

BETHEL HEIGHTS -- The city's wastewater treatment plant in Bethel Heights has been out of compliance for the better half of five years, and the state agency responsible for the plant's oversight agree... 

by Laurinda Joenks | June 24, 2019 at 2:12 a.m.


Records show state allowed years of violations in Bethel Heights

BETHEL HEIGHTS -- The city's wastewater treatment plant has been out of compliance for the better half of five years, and the state agency responsible for the plant's oversight agreed to much of the d... 

by Laurinda Joenks | June 23, 2019 at 1:05 a.m. 📷Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


Residents Say Bethel Heights Is Dumping Wastewater On Their Property 

BETHEL HEIGHTS, Ark. (KFSM) — Several Benton County families said the town of Bethel Heights illegally dumped raw sewage in their yards and fields. “We just want them to stop polluting our land and our ponds and I would like for them to clean it up,” resident Jason Steele said. Jason Steele’s family has owned 153 acres since the ’50s. He said the city of Bethel Heights put a pipe underground and pumped raw sewage water to two of their...

POSTED 6:19 PM, JUNE 11, 2019, BY KATHRYN GILKER | 5NEWS


New water service denied to Bethel Heights at state's request: Bethel Heights told to clean up wastewater

BETHEL HEIGHTS -- The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality asked Springdale Water Utilities on Tuesday to refuse water service for new customers in Bethel Heights. Bethel Height's wastewater... 

by Laurinda Joenks | June 5, 2019 at 1:08 a.m. 📷Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


State offers solutions for Bethel Heights wastewater woes

BETHEL HEIGHTS -- The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has suggested two possible solutions to the waste water woes in the city -- connect to another wastewater treatment system or build a... 

by Laurinda Joenks | May 23, 2019 at 1:05 a.m. 📷Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


Bethel Heights wastewater in question

BETHEL HEIGHTS -- "Please quit polluting our properties and those of our surrounding neighbors," Joe Brooks told the City Council on Tuesday night. He and his family said the city's wastewater treatment... 

by Laurinda Joenks | May 22, 2019 at 1:11 a.m. 📷Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette




Associated Press: Arkansas suggests answers for Bethel Heights wastewater woes 

By LAURINDA JOENKS June 9, 2019

Drain pipe empties to Puppy Creek

Drain pipe empties to Puppy Creek