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Press release from City Utilities:

Protect Our Rivers:

Public Forum Addresses Issues Facing Fort Wayne Sewer System

Between now and 2025, Fort Wayne City Utilities will invest more than $240 million dollars to upgrade its outdated sewer system. The investments in sewers are vital for better health, a stronger economy and a cleaner future for the City of Fort Wayne.

On Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 PM, Mayor Tom Henry, City Utilities and PBS 39 will host a community forum on infrastructure needs to give residents and ratepayers an opportunity to learn more about plans for sewer upgrades. The event will be in the auditorium on the lower level of the main branch of the Allen County Public Library at 900 Library Plaza.

The evening will begin with excerpts from a documentary called “Liquid Assets”. The video tells the similar stories of cities across the country which are dealing with issues with their utility systems – their “liquid assets”. The program is about the utility systems that cities depend on every day for treatment and distribution of clean drinking water, removal and treatment of sewage, and stormwater systems that provide drainage for our streets and neighborhoods. The issues that are causing utility rates to go up in cities such as Atlanta and Pittsburgh are the same issues that the City of Fort Wayne is facing.

After the video, a panel from Fort Wayne City Utilities, City Council, the Sewer Advisory Group and Clean Rivers Task Force will answer questions and discuss Fort Wayne’s plans for utility infrastructure investments. The public is encouraged to attend to ask questions and learn more. The forum will be recorded to be replayed on the Government Access Television Station, Channel 58.

The entire 90-minute Liquid Assets documentary will be shown on public television station WFWA PBS-39 on February 12 at 8:00 PM and again on February 22 at 1:00 PM. A pre-taped discussion with local officials will follow the Liquid Assets broadcast.

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