Fort Smith Utility Department working to clean up misconceptions


The City of Fort Smith Utility Department wants to clear up some misconceptions as the department works to prevent sewer backups into residential homes and businesses.

The city stresses that residents and property owners should not remove their sewer cleanout caps.

“We’ve seen some info where people have said to remove sewer caps to the sewer line or to turn off water meters,” said city administrator Carl Geffken. 

Geffken says this can actually result in water going into your home through your sewer system.

“If there’s anything that we’re going to be requesting of our residents, we will definitely be placing it on social media and making it known publicly,” said Geffken. 

In the event of an emergency, the city says to call the Utility Department Emergency phone number at (479) 784-2342. 

For more information and updates, check the City of Fort Smith Utility Department Facebook page

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