City Utilities News
River Levels Adjusted for Flashboard Installation 5/13/16
Water levels on the St. Joseph River north of the St. Joseph Dam will be lowered this weekend in order to install flashboards at the dam.
City Utilities installs the flashboards each spring in the spring to increase the amount of water held behind the dam. This ensures that Fort Wayne has an adequate supply of water during peak summer months.
Lowering of the river level will begin at midnight on Saturday May 14, to allow the dam's spillway to dry so staff members can safely walk on the spillway to install the flashboards.
Weather permitting the installation will occur on Monday May 16, and river levels should return to normal by Thursday of next week.
Prevent Flooding... Check Storm Drains 5/12/16
This week’s heavy rains have pushed debris into storm sewer inlets. With rain storms expected this evening, City Utilities is asking residents to help reduce the possibility of street flooding by cleaning debris from street drains before rain begins to fall.
Drains clogged with debris prevent stormwater from flowing into the storm system.
Water Odor 5/11/16
An increase in turbidity has caused us to modify treatment at our Water Filtration Plant. Some residents may notice a change to the taste and odor. The water is safe to use and drink.
Turbidity increases are common as temperatures become warmer and we have spring rains. This is an annual occurrence but some years it is more noticeable than others.
Tuesday morning we increased our carbon treatment procedure--a process that improves taste and odor when there is an increase in turbidity. This process will take a few days to work through the system.
River Levels Adjusted 4/21/16
Fort Wayne, Ind. – City Utilities crews will close the Tainter gate at the Hosey Dam on Friday, April 22, 2016. The process allows river levels, mostly in the downtown area, to increase to the normal summer pool.
City Utilities' Engineer Recognized for Leadership 4/20/16
At an awards ceremony in Carmel, Mark Gensic, an engineer with Fort Wayne City Utilities, received the Professional Practice Ethic sand Leadership Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Indiana Chapter. The award recognizes a licensed professional engineer-leader who has demonstrated superior ethics and leadership in their profession.
Gensic, a 36-year veteran in the engineering field, has worked in both the private and public sector. In his role with City Utilities, Mark has led the design and construction of hundreds of projects to improve efficiency and service. Those projects have included multiple expansions at the City’s wastewater treatment plant, which have greatly increased capacity and will serve many future generations.
Many notable projects involved the challenges of integrating the improvements with the unique architectural style at the water filtration plant that met the needs of today, while still blending them with the historical aspect of the Collegiate Gothic architectural style.
Gensic was nominated for the award by former interns, whom he mentored, consultants who’ve worked closely with him for many years and former co-workers, now serving the industry in other parts of the country. They pointed to his commitment to a moral obligation that stretches beyond contractual bounds of the day to day work, his commitment to mentoring interns and young engineers and his ability focus on optimum long term outcomes.
Last year, Gensic joined other City Utilities engineers and construction staff members to use vacation time for a journey to El Salvador, where they dug a well and supplied water for a community school in a small village. Those nominating Gensic for the award say his compassion and commitment represent the qualities of the Professional Practice Ethics Leadership Award.
Rain Garden Workshops Return 3/29/16
Residents can soak-up stormwater from their yards by planting a rain garden. For the eighth year in a row the City will offer free workshops to teach residents how to improve drainage on their property by planting a rain garden.
Four free rain garden workshops are scheduled this spring, where residents will receive detailed guidance on how to plant a rain garden.
A rain garden is a landscaped area that holds rain water runoff for a few hours to a few days using native plants that help the soil soak up more water. After a rain event, the water slowly soaks into the ground. The gardens help residents reduce standing water on their property and reduce the amount of runoff that goes into combined sewers, which improves water quality in our rivers. Compared with a grassed lawn area, a rain garden may allow 30% more water to be absorbed.
To register, residents should call 311 to sign-up for a workshop.
Fort Wayne City Utilities Rain Garden Workshops 2016
Saturday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tecumseh Library 1411 E. State Blvd.
Saturday, April 9, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Aboite Branch Library 5630 Coventry Lane
Saturday, May 7, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Purdue Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave.
Saturday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Dupont Library, 536 E. Dupont Road
Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 28 9:00 AM – noon Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Road
Riverview Nursery will be selling native and rain garden plants and rain garden kits
Informational displays and experts available to answer questions about rain gardens and incorporating native plants into landscaping
Residents who own property in the City of Fort Wayne are eligible to apply for a cash incentive to help offset some of the costs of installing a rain garden at their home. The incentive is only available for those who attend a training session and fill out the application.
More information about rain gardens may be found at City Utilities’ rain garden website at www.CatchingRainFW.org.