Statement as issued by Aqua Indiana Thursday morning:
(FT. WAYNE, Ind.) – A faulty valve prevented Aqua Indiana from receiving water from the City of Fort Wayne as planned on Wednesday evening. Repairs began at dawn and the utility expects to begin receiving City water as soon as they are complete later this morning (June 21, 2012).
Several days of near-record water demand by Aqua Indiana customers in Aboite Township has resulted in low water pressure for some customers. Aqua finalized an agreement with the City of Fort Wayne to open a pre-existing connection between the two utilities Wednesday afternoon. Crews planned to activate that connection at 9:00 p.m. last evening, but discovered a valve, which had not been used in years, was inoperable.
The water sharing plan calls for Aqua to tap the City’s supply and route that water to approximately 1,400 customers in an area north of State Road 14 from Hadley to Scott roads. This is expected to reduce demand on the Aqua system and help maintain normal water pressure for Aqua customers system-wide. Neighborhoods targeted to receive city water are Shorewood, Abbey Place, Walnut Creek, Whispering Meadows, Falls of Beaver Creek and Brenton Glens.
Households converted to City water may notice a brief period of cloudiness during the transition.
Once the valves are opened this supplement to the Aqua system will continue 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.