Fort Wayne to offer tours of sewage-treatment and water filtration plants

Fort Wayne's water filtration plant will be open for tours. (News-Sentinel.com file photo)
So will the water pollution control plant. (News-Sentinel.com file photo)

Free guided tours of Fort Wayne’s Water Pollution Control Plant and Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant will be offered over the next several weeks.

The first tour will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Water Pollution Control Plant at 2601 Dwenger Ave. Visitors will learn how the plant operates, visit the lab and view its high-powered microscope, and learn about the importance the plant plays in our daily lives. The tour will involve walking on several surfaces, including gravel, and attendees should not wear open-toe shoes or flip-flops.

Named the P. L. Brunner Water Pollution Control Plant, the facility provides sewage treatment for more than 315,000 residents in Fort Wayne, New Haven, Leo-Cedarville, Maysville, Grabill, Zanesville, Huntertown, Arcola and many homes and businesses in unincorporated areas of Allen County. The plant has the capacity to treat 100 million gallons of sewage per day. Last year, the plant treated nearly 17 billion gallons of sewage for the year. The plant has been serving the community since 1940.

On Saturday, March 24, the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant at at 415 Baltes Avenue will offer a tour from 10 a.m. to noon. The plant opened in 1933 and after several expansions is now able to produce 72 million gallons of water per day. The free tour gives visitors an opportunity to see the plant in operation, to interact with staff members and to enjoy the architecture of the Collegiate Gothic style building.

The Water Pollution Control Plant will also offer tours from 10 a.m. to noon on April 14 and May 12. The Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant will host additional tours from 10 a.m. to noon on April 21 and May 19.

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