Drinking Water Quality
City Utilities is committed to being the water supplier of choice for the residents of Fort Wayne area. You can read water quality reports, learn about water quality testing, find out about taste, odor, and other aspects of drinking water quality, and learn about watershed protection on the water quality page.
Want to help protect Fort Wayne's drinking water quality? Read about homeowner practices and business owner practices that you can implement.
Who Manages Drinking Water?
Fort Wayne's Water Utility has responsibility for operating, maintaining and improving an extensive system of pipes, hydrants, and treatment processes all aimed at providing safe and reliable drinking water to and from buildings and homes, while also insuring that water is available during emergency situations like fires or droughts.
The water distribution system consists of water main pipes leaving the filtration plant. This includes over 890 miles of water main, 6,000 valves, 8,000 fire hydrants, the services from the main to the curb, and the service valves that control individual properties. Anything beyond this service valve, usually located in the right of way or close to the property line (with the exception of the water meter itself and its connection) is the responsibility of the owner. Portions of the system, like the brick sewer lines in the central city area, were built in the mid-to late-1800s. These aging brick sewers are one of the problems the City faces when maintaining and improving the system because these old sewers need ongoing inspection and repair.
How is Drinking Water Treatment and Management Paid For?
The services of the drinking water utility are paid for by a monthly fee billed to water utility customers. More information on drinking water rates can be found on the Rates page.
How Are Drinking Water Utility Funds Spent?
The water utility has an annual budget of approximately $35 million per year. This money is spent on:
- Monitoring and controlling drinking water quality
- Operating, maintaining and making upgrades as necessary at the Three Rivers Filtration Plant
- Repairing, replacing and improving water lines, valves, and hydrants
- Ensuring compliance with the EPA's Safe Drinking Water Act