Board Approves: FW City Utilities Moving Forward With Sewer Separation Projects

By WISE Web Admin

June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2013 at 5:47 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- The Board of Works approved a resolution that will allow Fort Wayne City Utilities to move forward with sewer separation projects that will help the city meet the terms of the federally mandated and unfunded Consent Decree.

The $2.6 million project separates sewers in the downtown area with new storm sewer extensions constructed from an existing trunk line along Ewing Street. The extensions will be along Pearl Street, Main Street, Berry Street, Harrison Street, Fairfield Avenue, Fulton Street, Van Buren Street and Broadway.

Under the project, approximately 6,920 linear feet of pipe ranging from 12” to 30” will be constructed to carry storm water to the St. Mary's River. Additionally, a new water main will be placed on Pearl Street between Ewing and Webster.

The project will be bid in July and construction is expected to begin in September.

By removing storm water from combined sewers, the project will reduce combined sewer overflows in the downtown area.

City officials say Fort Wayne is committed to improving river water quality. Specifically, the combined sewer Long Term Control Plan will see City Utilities invest more than $240 million in projects to improve river water quality.

As part of a Consent Decree negotiated with the US EPA and Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Fort Wayne agreed to implement a number of partial sewer separation projects. Separation done by constructing new storm sewers reduces the amount of storm water entering the combined sewer system.

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