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Water Quality Report

Water Quality Report

2014 Annual Report

  pdf_small Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2014 -- Published June 2015

  

Weekly Drinking Water Quality Report

As of Friday, June 26, 2015 Fort Wayne City Utilities' drinking water turbidity (water clarity) is 0.07 NTU. This is below the 0.3 NTU, which is the maximum established by the EPA.

The flavor profile analysis (taste and odor) is 3 FPN compared to our goal of 6 or less FPN.

The total hardness of Fort Wayne's drinking water is 107 parts per million, which is 6.25 grains per gallon.

The most recent tests for cryptosporidium and giardia found both to be non-detectable.

For more information on drinking water quality or to schedule a tour of the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant, please call City Utilities by dialing 311 or (260) 427-8311.

  

River Water Quality Report

Testing is not done in the winter months.

Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) and other sources may contribute to river water quality degradation. Water quality is considered to be degraded if levels of bacteria are greater than the standard set by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. E. coli bacteria counts should not exceed 235 organisms per 100 mls. of water.

Testing of samples as of June 29, 2015.

NA-- construction

organisms/100 ml at the Ferguson Bridge on the St. Marys

>2200

organisms/100 ml at the Mayhew Bridge on the St. Joseph

>2200

organisms/100 ml at the Tennessee Bridge on the St. Joseph

>2200

organisms/100 ml at the Anthony Bridge on the Maumee

>2200

organisms/100 ml at the Landin Bridge on the Maumee

>2200

organisms/100 ml at the Spy Run Bridge on the St. Marys

 

For more information on river water quality, please contact City Utilities by calling 311 or (260) 427-8311.

 

  

Fort Wayne City Utilities primary commitment is to the health and safety of our customers. We take pride in always providing drinking water that meets or is better than all state and federal safety and quality regulations require. We value your trust and we are committed to providing safe water that you and your family can rely on.  City Utilities uses the following chemicals to clean and treat our drinking water:

Ferric sulfate and polymer -- these chemicals cause soil particles and other dissolved and suspended particles to stick together forming sticky clumps that settle out, taking physical contaminants with them.  These chemicals are added then completely removed during the treatment process.

Calcium hydroxide -- also known as "lime", this softens the water by causing naturally occurring calcium and magnesium to be removed.

Powdered Activated Carbon -- similar to charcoal, this is added to the process then removed, taking taste and odor with it. 

Chlorine – this includes free chlorine and chlorine dioxide used to kill bacteria. It is measured in parts per million (PPM). The Environmental Protection Agency’s upper limit for chlorine is 4 ppm. Water leaving the filtration plant must contain at least 0.5 ppm to stop bacteria from developing in the water main system.

The table below summarizes the changing water conditions and how City Utilities has addressed them over the past 10 days. The following definitions may be helpful as you look at the table:

Turbidity – a measurement of the dirtiness or cloudiness that results from dissolved or suspended particles in the water. Higher river water turbidity provides more opportunities for bacteria to be present. When turbidity of water coming into the plant increases, City Utilities increases the use of chlorine to kill bacteria. Turbidity is measured in Nephelometric Turbidity Units (NTU). The Environmental Protection Agency’s limit for turbidity leaving the plant is 0.3 NTU. River water turbidity is influenced by weather and other conditions and does not have a turbidity limit.

Bacteria – drinking water plants measure the presence of both coliform and e.coli and as indicators of bacteria in the water.  Levels of bacteria in water leaving the plan and in the water main system should be 0.

Flavor Profile Number – an indicator of taste and odor in drinking water.

Date               

River Water Turbidity, NTU

Ferric Sulfate Added, ppm

Turbidity Leaving Plant,NTU

Total Chlorine Leaving Plant, ppm Coliform in Water Leaving PLant, CFU E.Coli in Water Leaving Plant, CFU Carbon Dose, Pounds per Million Gallons Flavor Profile Number Leaving Plant, FPN Distribution System Average Total Chlorine, ppm Distribution System Coliform, CFU Distribution System E.Coli, CFU
 01-Mar-2015  5   10  0.09  1.47  0  0  100 N/A  1.24 N/A  N/A
02-Mar-2015  5  10  0.08  1.50  0  0  100 3  1.23 N/A  N/A
 03-Mar-2015  5  10  0.09  1.60  0  0  100  3  1.09  0  0
 04-Mar-2015  5  8  0.09  1.60  0  0  100  3  1.26  0  0
 05-Mar-2015  5  14  0.09  1.61  0  0  100  3  0.99  0  0
 06-Mar-2015  5  11  0.12  1.60  0  0  75  4  1.38  0  0
 07-Mar-2015  5  8  0.12  1.41  0  0  75  N/A  1.39  N/A  N/A
 08-Mar-2015  6  8  0.11  1.57  0  0  75  N/A  1.44  N/A N/A
 09-Mar-2015  7  7  0.10  1.60  0  0  75  3.5  0.92  0  0
 10-Mar-2015  22  12  0.10  1.58  0  0  75  3.5  1.33  0  0
 11-Mar-2015  53  23  0.12  1.89  0  0  125  6.5  1.40  0  0
 12-Mar-2015  98  32  0.13  2.18  0  0  125  >8  1.42  0  0
 13-Mar-2015  96  32  0.11  2.02  0  0  150  7.75  1.59  0  0
 14-Mar-2015  48  28  0.10  1.79  0  0  150  7.66  1.67  N/A  N/A
 15-Mar-2015  45  24  0.10  1.79  0  0  150  6.3  1.66  N/A  N/A
 16-Mar-2015  41  19  0.09  1.62  0  0  150  5  1.40  0  0
 17-Mar-2015  38  17  0.10  1.43  0  0  150  5  1.23  0  0
 18-Mar-2015  33  14  0.09  1.56  0  0  150  4.5  1.31  0  0

  For more information on drinking water quality or to schedule a tour of the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant, please call City Utilities by dialing 311 or (260) 427-8311.

  

  

pdf_small A Guided Walk Through the Water Treatment and Testing Process -- NEW as of 3/19/2015

pdf_small Annual Water Quality Report for 2013 -- published June 2014

pdf_small Annual Water Quality Report for 2012 -- published June 2013

pdf_small Annual Water Quality Report for 2011 -- published June 2012