As you trim the topiary and plant the petunias, remember the things you do on your lawn and in the garden can have a significant impact on the quality of area ponds, streams and rivers.

When rain falls on your property some of it will run off, going directly into a water body or entering the storm sewer system.  Stormwater does not receive any kind of water quality treatment, so it can carry weed killers, fertilizer, bacteria from pet waste, loose soil and many other pollutants.  But there are many things you can do in your own backyard to help protect stormwater quality.

Participate in the City's Rain Gardens Program. Rain gardens are landscaping features, much like typical flowerbeds, that are strategically places and designed to capture stormwater running off of rooftops, driveways, parking lots, and other hard surfaces. They not only beautify the landscape, but they also help improve water quality at the same time.
Fort Wayne rain gardens incentive program

expired medicationProper disposal of unused prescription and over-the-counter medicines is essential for preventing pollution and keeping these drugs out of the environment.  Proper disposal also prevents illegal use or theft and helps avoid accidental poisoning if children or pets swallow medicines that have been put int he trash.
City Utilities and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have information available to help you do the right thing when getting rid of unwanted medications.  pdfLearn more.....
City Utilities also works with TRIAD -- a local group of healthcare, law enforcement and other volunteers -- who conduct unwanted medication collection events in Allen County two times each year. 
The next unwanted medication collection event in Allen County, Indiana will be held:
April 23, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
September 24, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
On the day of the medication collection, you may bring expired medications (pills only) for drop-off at these select Walgreen's Drug Stores:

Fort Wayne neighborhood Associations are invited and encouraged to participate in City Utilities' fire hydrant painting program.  A fresh coat of paint can make the hydrants in your neighborhood easier for the Fire Department to fine -- especially in rainy weather or when there is snow on the ground.  City Utilities will pay your association $5 for every hydrant painted.  City Utilities will provid your associaiton with wire brushes for prepping the hydrants and with standard yellow fire hydrant paint.  Be sure to contact City Utilities before you paint any hydrants. Payment will only be made to neighborhood associations, not to individuals.  Please call 311 or (260) 427-8311 for more information and to get involved. Click here for more information

Related imageMost pollution is caused by humans, and everyone is responsible for doing something about it. The City of Fort Wayne is a proud partner in the Clear Choices Clean Water program, an initiative that promotes making a few small changes around your home, business, and community to help make a positive difference in water quality.
The Clear Choices Clean Water website provides a variety of resources to help you learn more about water conservation, native plants and rain gardens, lawn fertilizers, and many more ways to protect water quality. The interactive website also features a pledge option that calculates the specific amount of pollution you've prevented and has a map feature that shows you who else in your  community is doing their part for water quality!

Attend a public meeting to voice your opinion and learn how to help. Stay up-to-date via City Utilities calendar or sign up for e-news updates
Utilities staff has also prepared a set of pre-written articles that you may download for use in a neighborhood newsletter or other publication, or simply as a resource for yourself as a homeowner. If you use these in a publication, please give credit to Fort Wayne City Utilities as the source of the information contained in the articles. If you have questions or need more information please contact City Utilities as 427-1381.
Help Our Community
  • Reduce automobile use by car-pooling, riding the bus, riding your bike, or walking. 
  • Participate in local events such as neighborhood cleanups and Tox-Away Days.
  • Encourage others to reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever they can. Share what you know

Many groups in and around Fort Wayne organize events where volunteers can pick-up trash, remove invasive species, help clear areas to improve views of the rivers and participate in other activities to improve the quality of our rivers, lakes and streams.

Participate in the Utility Advisory Group to voice your opinion and learn how to help. Fort Wayne City Utilities' Utility Advisory Group (UAG) is comprised of active citizen volunteers who have been selected to represent their Area Partnership, agency or organization. Just as the name suggests, the group serves as an advisory body to City Utilities. The UAG meets regularly to hear reports on the operation, maintenance and construction activities being planned and carried out by City Utilities. The group gives feedback and may suggest policy or operational changes to help City Utilities better meet the needs of its customers.
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