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: 6/30/2023

Danny Searcy, Vice Chairman
Public Works & Planning Director
Rutherford County
174 Fairground Rd
Spindale, NC 28160
Representing: Rutherford County
(W) 828-287-6300
Term: 6/30/2022

Rob Bole, Treasurer
174 Stagecoach Lane
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Representing: Town of Spindale
(H) 828-286-0350
Term: 6/30/2021

David Guy, Member
Mayor, Town of Ruth
307 Cherry St
Ruth, NC 28139
Representing: Town of Ruth
(H) 828-447-0502  
Term: 6/30/2023

Stan Clements, Member
Councilman, Town of Rutherfordton
365 South Ridgecrest Street
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Representing: Town of Rutherfordton
(H) 828-287-5489
Term: 6/30/2023

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

Brandon Harrill, Member
Fire Chief, Town of Rutherfordton
144 N Mitchell Street
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Representing: Town of Rutherfordton
(W) 828-287-7367 ext 2 
Term: 6/30/2021

Jamie Yelton, Citizen
Citizen, Town of Ruth
158 McKinney St.
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Representing: Town of Ruth
Term: 6/30/2022
General Manager
Maria S. Hunnicutt
Water Operations Leader
Reid Hammett
Water Plant Superintendent
Brad Joyner
Finance & Business Administration 
Jenny Goossens
Customer Service Representative
Amy Jones
Accounting Coordinator
Kathryn Banfield
Customer Field Representatives
Christy Heavner
Cathy Moore
Distribution Operators
   Tanner Thomas
   Dustin Jones
   Tony Sullivan 
Dakota Turner
   Tyler Smith
Gladden Hill
Water Plant Operators
Roger Brunton
  Dustin Guyer
Ricky Ingle
Sam Molinas
  Robert Blecher, Mechanic
  Shannon Suttle

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