City Council Considering Water & Sewage Upgrades

By John W. Davis

November 2, 2010 Updated Nov 2, 2010 at 11:24 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - $5.3 million dollars in water and sewage construction ordinances were preliminarily approved at Tuesday night's Fort Wayne City Council meeting.

That money is a part of a five year plan floating around Fort Wayne to spend $280 million dollars on sewer improvements.

So far, $40 million has been spent in 2009 and 2010.

Another $240 million will be authorized between now and the end of 2014.

City leaders believe they can reduce Fort Wayne's rate of sewer overflows by 90%

They are also working to maintain and rehab old water and sewer pipes and comply with federal mandates.

"People flush, people turn on their water, we want them to take it for granted that those things work. That's what they get better service, reliable service for an everyday customer," said Fort Wayne City Utilities Deputy Director Matthew Wirtz.

Funding will also go towards improving Fort Wayne's waste water pumping capacity.

Meanwhile, city council preliminarily approved two Fort Wayne Water Department consulting contracts.

One for 2010.

Another for 2011.

Both contracts could cost Fort Wayne more than $500,000 dollars.

Final votes are expected Tuesday, November 9.

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