Fort Wayne boil water advisory lifted

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – City officials have lifted the boil water advisory that was in place for three portions of Fort Wayne on Friday.

Tests completed Saturday morning showed that the water is free from any contamination and is safe to drink.

Fort Wayne City Utilities and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) ended the precautionary boil water advisory.

All residents may now use water from the tap for drinking and cooking with no further need for precautions.

As a precaution,  City Utilities decided to issue the boil water advisory after a car hit a high-voltage power line, which created a power surge at the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant.

All testing performed throughout the day Friday showed the water to be well within safe parameters as did the final testing confirmed by IDEM Saturday morning.

“City Utilities apologizes for any inconvenience the boil advisory may have caused for its customers,” City Utilities said in an emailed statement.

“However, City Utilities is committed to protecting public health and safety, and we believe it was appropriate to issue the precautionary advisory. We appreciate the patience of our customers during the boil advisory.”

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Fort Wayne City Utilities issued a boil water advisory early Friday morning.

They say a car hit a power line Thursday night, knocking out power to the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant.  They say the plant’s service pumping system responded appropriately, but they say distribution pressure dropped.

As a precaution, City Utilities contacted the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to be aware of the situation and the issuance of the advisory.

The advisory effects three parts of the city that you can see in this map:

City Utilities outlines those areas as follows:


•    North Boundary:  Washington Center Rd

•    West Boundary: Hillegas Rd

•    South Boundary: Spring Street: State Street: Hillegas to Sherman, Vance (extended): Sherman to Parnell

•    East Boundary:  Parnell Ave


•    North Boundary:  Pontiac St

•    West Boundary: Fairfield Ave

•    South Boundary: Paulding Rd

•    East Boundary:  Hessen Cassell


•    North Boundary:  Airport Expressway

•    West Boundary: Smith Rd

•    South Boundary: Ferguson Rd

•    East Boundary:  Airport Drive

During the boil water advisory, City Utilities customers should use bottled water or boil any water used for drinking, food preparation, making ice and brushing teeth.  They advise the water should come to a roaring boil for at least five minutes.

Major Customers like hospitals, schools and food manufacturers will be notified about the boil advisory.  You’re asked to share this information about the advisory with anyone who might be affected.


Donovan Klein

Donovan Klein

Executive Producer, Fort Wayne's NBC

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