City of Fort Smith, Arkansas

Utility Department

Rates & Efficiency

City of fort smith water & Sewer rate calculations


The City of Fort Smith Water and Sewer Rates are calculated using a base fee for water meters, a base sewer charge, volume of water used, and volume of sewer discharged.  Below is a link that shows the rate calculations and base fees for Water, Sewer, and Sanitation.


Water, Sewer, and Sanitation Rate Sheet



Water & Sewer Operations Efficiency Study


In 2012, the City of Fort Smith Board of Directors hired HDR Engineering, Inc. (HDR) to conduct a comprehensive water and sewer utility operations efficiency study.  The intent of the study was to provide an understanding of each utility’s overall “efficiency” and to identify those areas where improvements may be made to improve efficiency and/or levels of service.  In summary, HDR found the utilities to be "...well-managed and operated".  Additionally, “…HDR discovered no areas where ‘significant and immediate’ cost savings could be captured.”


Below are links to the Water and Sewer Operations Efficiency Study Report.


Efficiency Study Report - Volume 1

Efficiency Study Report - Volume 2