Fort Wayne’s sewage, water plants schedule free Saturday tours

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

Fort Wayne City Utilities is offering free guided tours of the Water Pollution Control (sewage treatment) Plant and Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant on select Saturdays, starting this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Water Pollution Control Plant, 2601 Dwenger Ave. Visitors will see how the plant operates, visit the testing laboratory and view its high powered microscope, and learn about the importance of the plant for the city’s health and safety. Tours will begin approximately every 30 minutes with the last tour starting at 11:30 a.m. The tour will involve walking on several surfaces, including gravel, and participants 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 area residents in Fort Wayne, New Haven, Leo-Cedarville, Maysville, Grabill, Zanesville, Arcola and many homes and businesses in unincorporated areas of Allen County. The plant opened in 1940 and can treat 100 million gallons of sewage per day. Last year it treated nearly 17 billion gallons of sewage.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant, 415 Baltes Ave., will offer tours 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 tours give visitors an opportunity to see the plant in operation, learn how City Utilities ensures a safe and reliable water supply, and enjoy the architecture of the Collegiate Gothic style building. Tours will begin approximately every 30 minutes, with the last tour starting at 11:30 a.m.

Another tour of the Water Pollution Control Plant will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 20, with the Water Filtration Plant open from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 27.

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