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Fort Wayne offers notice when the rivers are unsafe

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 12:01 am

Fort Wayne residents can receive an email notification when the city's combined sewer system is discharging into the rivers. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) requires communities with combined sewers to provide notice when combined sewer overflows (CSOs) occur or are likely to occur.

Fort Wayne's combined sewer system carries sanitary sewage to the sewage treatment plant in dry weather. When it rains, these same sewers also collect storm water runoff. When it is raining and the combined sewer pipes get too full, some of the excess flow is discharged to the rivers. Fort Wayne is one of 105 communities in Indiana where this occurs.

Individuals interested in receiving the notification may subscribe to the City's notification system by going to: http://www.cityoffortwayne.org/customapps/phpforms/cso_subscribe/csolist.php. The notification system is intended to help residents identify those periods when the water may not be safe the human contact.

Combined sewer overflows affect the following areas: St. Joseph River from Coliseum Boulevard to the confluence of the Maumee River; St. Mary's River from Airport Expressway to the confluence of the Maumee River; Maumee River from the confluence of the St. Joseph River and the St. Mary's River through the City of New Haven to the Platter Road bridge over the Maumee River in Milan Township.

More information about the city's long-term control plan for reducing CSOs may be found at: www.cleanriversteam.org.