August 11, 2022
Fort Smith’s Phase II Water Conservation requirements have been lifted.
Utility Department employees demonstrated extreme dedication, teamwork, and resilience to ensure that all Fort Smith residents continued to receive reliable, high-quality drinking water while the necessary repairs were made at our Lee Creek Water Treatment facility. Their work is highly appreciated and often undervalued.
Multiple employees worked diligently to make all needed repairs to bring the plant back to full operation. Employees at Lee Creek worked 12 – 16 hour days troubleshooting the system. They made mechanical repairs to the clear well tank in conditions of 100 degrees outside and almost 100 percent humidity inside the tank. Lab analysts performed expedited sampling and lab results to identify probable causes of the issue. Operators at the Lake Fort Smith Water Treatment Plant, in collaboration with an Engineering Consultant and a Chemical Specialist, increased normal max output from 33 MGD to 39 MGD.
Fort Smith residents who followed the water conservation guidelines were also vital in helping us maintain adequate water levels in the City’s reservoirs and storage tanks.
To employees and residents – THANK YOU! Your efforts made a difference during this challenging time.
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