Fort Smith maintains year-round water conservation measures which are intended to prevent the wasteful use of water.
Fort Smith also has a Two-Phase water conservation plan in the event its water supply lake levels drop due to the lack of rainfall.
Phase I will go into effect when lake levels drop from 91,100 acre-feet (100%) to a capacity of 55,000 acre-feet (60%) and will continue until lake levels remain above 56,000 acre-feet (61%) for 15 consecutive days.
Phase II will go into effect when the total usable water storage decreases to 36,000 acre-feet (39%). The restrictions and prohibitions of Phase II will be removed when the lake levels remain above 41,000 acre-feet (45%) for 15 consecutive days.
Water Conservation Tips
Water conservation measures not only save the supply of our water source, but can also cut the cost of water treatment by saving energy. Here are some conservation measures you can take:
- Fix leaking faucets, pipes, toilets, etc.
- Install water-saving devices
- Wash only full loads of laundry
- Don’t let the water run while shaving, washing, or brushing teeth
- Run the dishwasher only when full
- Water the lawn and garden as little as possible
- Choose plants that don’t need much water
- Repair leaks in faucets and hoses
- Use water from a bucket to wash your car, and save the hose for rinsing
- Obey any and all water bans or regulations.