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Septic Elimination Program (SEP)

Septic Elimination Program (SEP)

City Utilities is working to eliminate failing septic systems in the city, by making connections to the public sanitary sewer system available for these properties.  More than 500 homes in the City are served by private septic systems.  Septic systems have a limited life and eventually fail, leaching human waste into groundwater, backyards and neighborhood ditches and streams.  Septic systems are linked to high E. coli bacteria counts in many small neighborhood streams and ditches during dry weather when children are most likely to play in them.


The Solution

To address health hazards in our neighborhoods, City Utilities is continuing the city’s efforts to convert many neighborhoods on septic systems to public sanitary sewer service.  Neighborhoods with higher septic system failure rates are the priority of our program. 

Between 2009 and 2013, approximately 1,255 homes in Fort Wayne/Allen County have been or are planned to be taken off septic systems as part of SEP.

SEP Phases Diagram Small


The Benefits

The benefits of SEP are far-reaching:

  • Improved quality of life; worry free use of home facilities
  • Reduced maintenance worries
  • Reduced health hazards from dangerous bacteria exposure due to septic system failures in yards and ditches
  • Cleaner area streams and neighborhood drainage ditches
  • Greater protection for well water, streams an drainage ditches
  • Possibly improved property values when homes with failing septic systems are connected to the public sewer system


City of Fort Wayne City Utilities continues its decades-old Septic Elimination Program and continues the approach through its 2009 modified program.  The following information outlines City financial partnering with property owners involved in City-approved septic elimination projects: 
Click here pdf-15 Overview of Septic Elimination Program (SEP)


Still Have Questions?

If you have any questions concerning the Septic Elimination Program, please contact City Utilities Development Services at (260) 427-1161 or come into our office at Citizens Square, 200 East Berry Street, Suite 140 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except for holidays.  


Project Overviews

The following are project summaries outlining the details of septic elimination projects:

pdf-15 7600 St. Joe Road

pdf-15 7500 Block Auburn Road

pdf-15 8000-8200 Block Auburn Road

pdf-15 Auburn Road - Herber Dentistry

pdf-15 Auburn Road - Talisman Road

pdf-15 Covington Dells

pdf-15 Decatur Road Estates

pdf-15 Fawn Creek Estates

pdf-15 2000 Block Flaugh Road

pdf-15 Goeglein Road

pdf-15 Hazelett Road - Rothman Road

pdf-15 Hazelhurst Drive - Laura Lane

pdf-15 Hawthorne Park Estates Section 1

pdf-15 Hill Court Area

pdf-15 Hopewood Addition

pdf-15 Mars Street

pdf-15 7722 Moeller Road - Lifeway Wesleyan Church

pdf-15 Ross Addition: Ross Street & Wallen Road Phases

pdf-15 3700-3900 Block St. Joe Center Road

pdf-15 6500 Block St. Joe Center Road

pdf-15 9800-10000 Block Stellhorn Road

pdf-15 3800-3900 Union Chapel Road

pdf-15 4300 Block Taylor Street

pdf-15 4700-4900 Block Vandolah Road

pdf-15 Westlawn Addition