The Broad River Water Authority (BRWA) is a local government entity that was founded in 1999 by local officials who had a vision for local control of their own water resources. The young company issued bonds and purchased the Duke Power Company’s Rutherford Water System in December of 2000. The water system includes a modern water plant located on our water source, the Broad River, one of the cleanest and most dependable rivers in North Carolina. The distribution system serves the Towns of Ruth, Rutherfordton and Spindale; and many other areas of the county such as the Cliffside and Harris Communities.

As a local government utility formed under the North Carolina Water and Sewer Authorities Act (N.C.G.S. 162A) the BRWA is overseen by a board of eight directors, two each appointed for three-year terms by the governing elected commissions from the Towns of Ruth, Rutherfordton and Spindale; and the County of Rutherford. Meetings, which are always open to the public, are held monthly, usually on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. at the Rutherfordton Town Hall. Every meeting provides an opportunity for any person to address the Board on any matter of inquiry or concern. The Board sets policy and rates, adopts an annual budget and hires a General Manager to carry out policy, make recommendations and administer the daily activities of the water system’s operation. The water system currently is managed by Maria Hunnicutt (General Manager), Reid Hammett (Distribution Superintendent), and Brad Joyner (Water Plant Superintendent).

Please see the BRWA Fact Sheet for a comprehensive overview of the utility.

Mickey Bland, Chairman
Mayor, Town of Spindale
298 Deviney Street
Spindale, NC‚ 28160
Representing: Town of Spindale
(H) 828-429-6379
Term: 6/30/2020

Doug Barrick, Vice Chairman
Town Manager, Rutherfordton
129 N. Main Street
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Representing: Town of Rutherfordton
(W) 828-287-3520
Term: 6/30/2021

Robin Ensley, Treasurer
Council Member, Town of Spindale
762 Spindale Street
Spindale, NC 28160
Representing: Town of Spindale
(H) 828-286-2609
Term: 6/30/2021

Denver Buchanan, Member
Mayor, Town of Ruth
137 Northview Dorsey
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Representing: Town of Ruth
(H) 828-755-1686
Term: 6/30/2020

Stan Clements, Member
Councilman, Town of Rutherfordton
365 South Ridgecrest Street
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Representing: Town of Rutherfordton
(H) 828-287-5489
Term: 6/30/2020

Steve Garrison, Member
County Manager, Rutherford County
289 N. Main Street
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Representing: Rutherford County
(W) 828-287-6060
Term: 6/30/2021

Danny Searcy, Member
Public Works & Planning Director
Rutherford County
174 Fairground Rd
Spindale, NC 28160
Representing: Rutherford County
(W) 828-287-6300
Term: 6/30/2019

Jamie Yelton, Citizen
Citizen, Town of Ruth
158 McKinney St.
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Representing: Town of Ruth
Term: 6/30/2019
General Manager
Maria S. Hunnicutt
Water Operations Leader
Reid Hammett
Water Plant Superintendent
Brad Joyner
Customer Service Representative
Amy Jones
Accounting Coordinator
Kathryn Banfield
Customer Field Representatives
Christy Heavner
Cathy Moore
Distribution Operators
Michael Burch
Dustin Jones
Tony Sullivan
Dakota Turner
Water Plant Operators
Roger Brunton
Dustin Guyer
Ricky Ingle
Kevin Melvin
Sam Molinas
Robert Blecher, mechanic

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