Statement as issued early Thursday afternoon:
(FT. WAYNE, Ind.) – A faulty valve is repaired and Aqua Indiana expects to start the flow of water from the City of Fort Wayne today (June 21, 2012) at approximately 2:00 p.m. Attempts to activate the connection between the utilities last evening were interrupted by an inoperative valve.
A water sharing agreement between the City and Aqua calls for opening a preexisting connection to Fort Wayne Utilities and distribution of municipally treated water to approximately 1,400 Aqua customers in an area north of State Road 14 from Hadley to Scott roads. Neighborhoods targeted to receive city water are Shorewood, Abbey Place, Wescott Ridge, Whispering Meadows, Whispering Woods, Falls of Beaver Creek and Brenton Glens. Households converted to City water may notice a brief period of cloudiness during the transition.
The supplemental water supply is expected to reduce demand on the Aqua Indiana network by approximately 10% and help normalize pressure for Aqua customers system-wide. Several days of near-record water demand caused low water pressure for some Aqua customers.
Once the valves are opened, the Aqua system could receive up to 500,000 gallons of water a day until further notice and until overall demand for water declines to a point where water pressure for Aqua customers can be maintained consistently.
Aqua continues to urge customers to stop watering their lawns and to report any suspected leak, unusual pools of water or areas that appear to be unusually green and moist. Customers can contact Aqua customer service at 877.987.2782