Annual reminder: e-mail notification of combined sewer overflows available

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News release from the City of Fort Wayne:

Annual reminder: e-mail notification of combined sewer overflows available

(March 31, 2011) – Fort Wayne City Utilities reminds interested citizens in Fort Wayne that they can receive an e-mail notification when the City’s combined sewer system discharges sewage into area rivers. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) requires communities with combined sewers to provide notice when combined sewer overflows (CSOs) occur or are likely to occur.

Fort Wayne’s combined sewer system carries sanitary sewage to the sewage treatment plant in dry weather. When it rains, these same sewers also collect stormwater runoff. Many times when it is raining the combined sewer pipes get too full. When this happens, some of the excess flow is discharged to the rivers. Fort Wayne is one of 105 communities in Indiana where this occurs.

If a CSO discharge is imminent or is occurring, Fort Wayne City Utilities will notify interested individuals and organizations via e-mail. Individuals interested in receiving the notification can subscribe to the City’s notification system by going to:

Those wishing to subscribe will be asked to enter an e-mail address and will receive a confirmation message asking if they want to subscribe.

Combined sewer overflows affect the following areas:

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[li]St. Joseph River from Coliseum Boulevard to the confluence of the Maumee River[/li]
[li]St. Mary’s River from Airport Expressway to the confluence of the Maumee River[/li]
[li]Maumee River from the confluence of the St. Joseph River and the St. Mary’s River through the City of New Haven to the Platter Road bridge over the Maumee River in Milan Township[/li]

It is strongly recommended that the public avoid direct contact with the water in these stream segments for a 72-hour period following a CSO discharge.

Fort Wayne is working hard to reduce the number of times the combined sewer system discharges each year. In 2008, the city reached an agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency and IDEM on a plan to reduce combined sewer overflows by 91%. Fort Wayne is investing $240 million dollars (2005 dollar value) in sewer improvement projects between now and 2025 to fulfill this agreement.

More information about the City’s long term control plan for reducing combined sewer overflows may be found at:

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