Lead in Drinking Water

Fort Wayne's water utility is committed to providing customers with the best possible water quality. Water leaving the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant meets or is better than all State and Federal standards. Sometimes when the water comes into contact with older lead pipes and plumbing fixtures, the lead level in the water can increase. Homes built before or around 1950 may have lead pipes that connect the house with the water line. Also, before 1986, household plumbing regularly contained lead or used lead solder.

There are a number of things property owners can do to reduce their possible exposure to lead.

pdfFrequently Asked Questions About Lead

Information from IDEM

Fort Wayne City Utilities has found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes and buildings in Fort Wayne. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Please read this information closely to see what you can do to reduce lead in your drinking water.

Q.     What are the health effects of lead?

Q.     What are the sources of lead?

Q.     What steps can you take in your home (or anywhere else) to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water?

Q.     Why is this a problem in Fort Wayne and what can be done?