Sewage runoff in White River near West Fork

WEST FORK, Ark. (KFSM) - A report from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality confirmed a sewage runoff into the White River on Wednesday.

It's now causing concern among some in the West Fork community about the safety of their local water supplies.

City officials said there's no need for anyone to be alarmed, and there are no problems with the drinking water.

Officials found two sewage leaks at the West Fork waste water treatment facility last week.

The city said it has received a state grant to fix the 40-year-old system, and will continue conducting safety tests.

Still, some people say they're being cautious until things are worked out.

"It's more than just drinking water, but certainly drinking water is probably the greatest concern right away to the most people. Then in the water quality and the health for the river, for the people that want to fish in it, the people that want to swim in it, those are concerns that also need to be addressed," said John Pennington of the Beaver Watershed Alliance.

The city said there is no set date for when the treatment facility will be repaired.

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