Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Drinking and River Water Quality

Drinking Water and River Water Quality

River Water Quality 

Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) and other sources may contribute to high bacteria levels and river water quality degradation. Water quality is considered to be degraded if levels of bacteria are greater than the standard set by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. E. coli bacteria counts should not exceed 235 organisms per 100 mls of water.

Weekly River Water Quality Report

Testing of samples as of August 24, 2015
148  organisms/100 ml at the Ferguson Bridge on the St. Marys 
 921 organisms/100 ml at the Mayhew Bridge on the St. Joseph
 111 organisms/100 ml at the Tennessee Bridge on the St. Joseph 
 >2200 organisms/100 ml at the Anthony Bridge on the Maumee 
1553 organisms/100 ml at the Landin Bridge on the Maumee
>2200 organisms/100 ml at the Spy Run Bridge on the St. Marys

General River Water Quality Measurements and Conditions

A variety of scientific parameters (chemical and physical measurements) make up river water quality. Bacteria, as noted above, are of particular concern to human health so this parameter is routinely measured and publically reported here. Other parameters are also routinely measured to help quantify overall river health. More information about these measurements, common values, and overall river conditions are explained on our Watershed Protection page. 

Drinking Water Quality 

Weekly Drinking Water Quality Report 

  • As of Friday, August 27, 2015 Fort Wayne City Utilities' drinking water turbidity (water clarity) is 0.07 NTU. This is below the 0.3 NTU, which is the maximum established by the EPA.
  • The flavor profile analysis (taste and odor) is 3.5 FPN compared to our goal of 6 or less FPN.
  • The total hardness of Fort Wayne's drinking water is 97 parts per million, which is 5.67 grains per gallon. 
  • The most recent tests for cryptosporidium and giardia found both to be non-detectable.

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

Drinking Water Treatment 

Fort Wayne City Utilities' primary commitment is to the health and safety of our customers. We take pride in always providing drinking water that meets or is better than all state and federal safety and quality regulations requirements. We value...read more

Testing for Drinking Water Safety 

City Utilities tests drinking water for safety and quality throughout the water treatment process. Continuous monitoring of the water that comes from the St. Joseph River helps operators at the plant adjust the treatment process to the most effective level based on incoming water conditions.
Chemists at the plant test the water that goes out to customers for more than 120 substances. City Utilities also collects water samples from homes and businesses around the community to make sure the water arriving at the customers' taps remains safe.
Each year City Utilities publishes an annual water quality report showing the levels of substances commonly found in drinking water supplies.

pdf small A Guided Walk Through the Water Treatment and Testing Process

City Utilities Facilities 

Have you ever wondered about the buildings where the City filters your drinking water? City Utilities operates a number of water-related facilities including the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant, Water Pollution Control Plant, Hurshtown Reservoir, Camp Scott, and others. Read more below about two of the main drinking facilities. 

For more information on drinking water quality or to schedule a tour of the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant, please call City Utilities by dialing 311 or (260) 427-8311.

Water Distribution and storage

 Once the water is treated at the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant, it is held in a 20 million gallon underground storage reservoir just outside the plant until it is pumped out into the distribution system. Water is distributed to...read more

Lead in Drinking Water

Fort Wayne's water utility is committed to providing customers with the best possible water quality. Water leaving the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant meets or is better than all State and Federal standards. Sometimes...read more

Fluoride and Other Chemicals in Drinking Water