The mission of Little Rock Wastewater is to provide
low-cost, safe, high quality sanitary sewer service to the
residents of Little Rock, and through planning, support the
orderly growth of the City. Our overall objective is to
preserve the health and well-being of the residents and the
Proper collection, treatment and disposal of
wastewater is vital to the health and safety of the
community. At Little Rock Wastewater, we ensure
that the water that goes down your drain has a safe
destination. Liquid and solid waste comes to LRW for
transport and treatment after water is used in homes and
workplaces. The water is cleaned, processed and released
after exceeding the current water quality standards.
We have employees who:
Maintain over 1,314
miles of public sewers.
Serve over 67,600
homes & businesses.
administrative office, a maintenance facility and a wastewater facility in west Little Rock, two wastewater Facilities in east Little Rock and 30 pumping stations.
The Little Rock Sanitary Sewer Committee
governs LRW, and is comprised of five citizens who are
appointed by the Little Rock City Board of Directors. The
City Board establishes sewer rates and approves certain
financial matters, including the issuance of bonds.
LRW is committed to providing excellent quality sewer
services for both residential and business customers as it
keeps water resources safe for wildlife and human reuse. The
employees of LRW are a group of dedicated professionals who
work to provide a safe and clean environment for our City.
Their goal is for citizens to take top-notch service for
granted. We are recognized as a leader
in the State of Arkansas. Numerous awards have been received
from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Association
of Metropolitan Sewage Agencies.
For the first half-century of its existence, Little Rock
residents depended on a creek called Town Branch that ran
through the center of the City to carry away wastes. As
Little Rock grew, Town Branch became nastier and more prone
to flooding. At the same time, the germ theory had been
developed and scientific evidence mounted that Town Branch
was a source of disease.
In the early 1880s neighborhood improvement districts were
created to build a rudimentary sewer system, and these
districts formed a hodgepodge of disposal systems all
emptying into the Arkansas River. During the Depression, the
federal government provided the financial means for Little
Rock to build a real sewerage system governed by a committee
of civic-minded residents. In 1937 the Municipal Sanitary
Sewer System employed 12 people.
Treatment of sewage before it went into the Arkansas River
did not come to Little Rock until the 1960s when the Adams
Field Facility came into service. Growth and federal
government demands in the 1970s overwhelmed the City’s sewer
systems. Little Rock’s problems were exacerbated by unrelenting growth
pressures west and southwest of the City. To cope, the City
constructed new lines to serve the growth areas, diverting
the last 20 percent of its raw sewage from the Arkansas
River to the Adams Field Facility, and starting
construction on a second treatment facility, the Fourche Creek Facility.
Overflowing manholes caused by rainwater and groundwater infiltration
continued to plague the system, however, and the new Fourche
Creek Facility proved to be an engineering
LRW was reorganized in the mid 1980's with the arrival of a
new manager and management team in 1984 and 1985. The Fourche Creek Facility was redesigned and rebuilt, and both it and the Adams Field Facility
came into compliance with pollution control permits.