Residents Voice Concerns Behind Aqua Condemnation

By Eric DeFreeuw

January 17, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 12:12 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - In an effort to better explain the possible Aqua Indiana condemnation to its customers, City Utilities attended a neighborhood meeting in southwest Fort Wayne tonight. Also in attendance was Aqua Indiana’s President Tom Bruns.

City Utilities was looking for a way to make themselves available to fully explain what was happening and answer any questions residents of southwest Fort Wayne had regarding the process. They came prepared with a slide show explaining their goals for condemning the water source, of which included the ability to possibly provide better, more reliable water services at lower costs.

Bruns with Aqua Indiana then spoke to residents to explain Aqua’s side of the argument, followed by a Q&A session of his own.

This is one of several meetings going on around Fort Wayne as city utilities wants to ensure the whole city understands the condemnation process and its affect on their water bill, not just those affected by the change.

"It's a complex issue, it's an important issue, it's a big issue” Ted Nitza, Program Manager for City Utilities says, “so it's important for us to be out there to address any issues and have opportunities for people to ask us questions.”

City Council will also hold a public hearing on January 22nd in downtown Fort Wayne at Citizen Square. This will serve as a platform for all city residents to openly discuss concerns and ask questions of what is to come.

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