Fort Wayne City Utilities is committed to providing our customers and the residents of the region with information about a variety of topics. Staff member from City Utilities are available to speak to groups about these topics. Here is a list of available Speakers and Topics. The City also provides pre-written articles that are available for use in neighborhood or company newsletters or other publications.
To request a speaker for your organization, please contact Fort Wayne's Citizen Services call center by dialing 311 or 260-427-8311.

Topic

Speaker and Department

Type of Presentation

Fort Wayne City Utilities' Strategic Plan for Excellence Justin Brugger, Controller & Chief Financial Officer PowerPoint
Fort Wayne’s Combined Sewer Overflow Management Plan
  •       Projects to be done
  •       Time frame
  •       Costs to the community
Matthew Wirtz, PE,  Deputy Director for Engineering
TJ Short, PE
Wendy Reust, PE
Kristen Buell, PE
PowerPoint
Brochure
Executive Summary
FAQ
Tabletop display
How Will Fort Wayne Pay to Improve Its Aging Sewer System?
  • Cost
  • Affordability study
  • Alternative funding sources

Matthew Wirtz, PE, Deputy Director for Engineering

Justin Brugger, Controller & Chief Financial Officer

PowerPoint
Executive Summary
FAQ
How Fort Wayne’s Sewer Systems Work
  • Combined Sewers
  • Where are the Combined Sewer Overflows?
  • How are CSO controlled

Joe Johnson, Superintendent of Water Pollution Control Maintenance

Wendy Reust, PE, Utility Engineering

Kristen Buell, PE

 
Fort Wayne’s Sewer Repair and Rehab Program
  • Sewer televising
  • How priorities are set for sewer repair

Eric Steinman

PowerPoint
Maps
Energy Conservation:  Using Food Waste to Create Electricity and Heat Doug Fasick, CEM  
City Utilities' Sustainability Programs Doug Fasick, CEM  

Septic Tank Elimination

How your neighborhood can obtain public sewer service

DeWayne Nodine, Manager of Development Services

Lisa Ramos, Development Services

Brochures

Growing the Utility System
  • Who pays for new utility infrastructure
  • How much it costs
  • Plan review process

DeWayne Nodine Manager of Development Services

 

 
Connecting to City Utilities
  • How to obtain water and sewer services
  • Costs to connect
  • Connection process

DeWayne Nodine, Manager of Development Services

 

 
Storm Water Quality
  • Pollution prevention
  • Watershed protection
  • What citizens can do to protect river water quality

Anne Marie Smrchek, PE,  Manager of Sewer and Stormwater Engineering

PowerPoint
Brochure
Handouts
Tabletop display

Easements:  What They Are and What They Mean to You

Seth Weinglass, Utility Engineering

PowerPoint
Brochures
Stormwater Quantity Management/Drainage
  • How the storm sewer system works

Anne Marie Smrchek, PE, Manager of Sewer & Stormwater Engineering

Kristen Buell, PE

Oral presentation with time for discussion

Storm Drain Marking
  • Why and how to
  • How your neighborhood can get involved in water quality protection

Susan Beck, Stormwater Maintenance and MS4 Coordinator

PowerPoint
Safety video
Handouts
Storm drain marking material

Fat Free Sewers

Impacts of cooking waste on the sewer system, cost of maintenance and how citizens can reduce costly accumulation of fat in sewers

Joe Johnson, Superintendent of Sewer & Stormwater Maintenance

Brenda Stopher, Industrial Pretreatment Section

PowerPoint
Brochure
Tabletop display
Kitchen grease handling tools

Mercury Reduction at Home and in the Workplace

How to identify and reduce possible sources of mercury contamination in your home

Tom Mann, Industrial Pretreatment Program Manager

PowerPoint
Fact Sheets
Tabletop display
Camp Scott Wetlands
  • Location
  • Benefits of wetlands
  • What it helps to protect

Susan Beck, Camp Scott Manager

PowerPoint
Brochure
Fact Sheets
Classroom activities
Tours available
Fort Wayne’s Rain Garden Program
  • Program overview
Anne Marie Smrchek, PE, Manager of Sewer & Stormwater Engineering
Mary Jane Slaton
PowerPoint
Tabletop display
Brochures
Rain Garden How-To Training
(3 hours workshop)
Workshop Facilitator and City staff
PowerPoint
How-To Manual, worksheets
Maintenance Brochure
Sewage Treatment Plant for Elementary School
·         Learn how Fort Wayne treats the waste water from homes and businesses

Brian Robinson, Water Pollution Control Plant Superintendent

PowerPoint

Water Filtration Plant
How the Plant functions and water quality
Mike Gierscher, Superintendent of the Filtration Plant
Vicky Zehr, Water Quality Manager
PowerPoint
Brochure
Tabletop display
Tours available
Fort Wayne’s Water System
  • How it functions
  • Infrastructure projects
Andrew Schipper, PE, Manager of Water Engineering
PowerPoint
Maps
Drinking Water Quality and Cost
  • Taste and Odor
  • Testing
  • Affordability
Vicky Zehr, Water Quality Manager
PowerPoint
Tabletop display
Brochure

Keeping the Drinking Water Ssystem Safe:  Backflow Prevention and Cross Connection Control

Jessica Caplinger

 
Utility Ownership and Management
  • Who “owns” City Utilities?

Justin Brugger, Controller & Chief Financial Officer

 
311 Citizens Services
  • Services 311 provides to citizens
  • Work request process

Eric Harris, Manager of 311 - Citizen Services

 
City Utilities Customer Relations
  • Bill payment options
  • Bill payment assistance
  • Preventing frozen pipes
  • Protecting your pipes

Matt Land, Deputy Director of Policy & Planning

Abigail Noble, City Utilities Customer Support

PowerPoint
Brochures