West Fork Waste Water Treatment Plant Leaking Wastewater Into White River

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The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality confirmed Monday (April 7) that they had visited the West Fork Waste Water Treatment Plant multiple times and observed sewage overflow leaking into the White River.

A complaint was reportedly made via email that when it rains, raw sewage overflows from a manhole on the south side of the treatment facility and flows into the White River, according to the ADEQ.

ADEQ inspectors visited the facility twice on April 2 and April 3. They observed sewage overflow was occurring and that wastewater was entering the White River. On the second visit (April 3), inspectors observed a second overflow occurring at a splitter box located on the facility.

On Monday (April 7), inspectors returned to the facility once more and saw the overflows were still occurring, according to the ADEQ.

ADEQ notified the city that they need to fix the situation, and they’ll continue to monitor the overflows and stay in contact with city officials to ensure the problems are addressed.


  • Proud Arkansan

    And to think that we put a man on the moon over 50 years ago, yet we can’t stop human waste from flowing into our streams.

    This is sad Arkansans. Please do mention this story to your friends and colleagues tomorrow and the days ahead. We are the natural state. Let’s act like it.

  • Former Citizen

    The West Fork Administrator has know for over a decade the sewage plant is past obsolete. That office has done nothing but sweep the problem under the rug and drink coffee with the good ol boys out there. ADEQ gave them an extension years ago to either bring the plant up to code or work out an agreement with Fayetteville. Someone needs to FOI the records from that office and the ADEQ. It’s all there, no one is holding anyone accountable.

  • Rina VanKleef

    Oh, Arkansas. That bastion of intelligence. This shows us “We don’t need no stinkin’ regulations”. Who needs clean water? The GOP says we don’t. Don’t want to drink E. Coli? Then vote democrat.

  • John

    Another instance where someone tries to turn a community problem into a political problem and play the blame game. The community most impacted by this environmental affront should take the stand and make the effort to remedy this problem — not a bunch of politicians or individuals so blinded by their demagoguery.

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