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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, April 22, 2017 4:40 pm

Boil water advisory lifted in city


The city of Fort Wayne sent this release around 4 p.m. Saturday: 

"Fort Wayne – Tests on drinking water completed today show that the water free from any contamination and is safe. Therefore, Fort Wayne City Utilities and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management ended the precautionary boil water advisory effective immediately. All residents may now use water from the tap for drinking and cooking with no further need for precautions. The water is safe to use. 

Yesterday, as a precaution, City Utilities advised residents to boil water used for drinking or cooking. The safeguard was implemented because the water distribution system lost pressure in a few locations due to a power surge at an I&M circuit breaker. After additional data collection and discussion with IDEM, City Utilities decided to issue the precautionary advisory even though at no time was our water inadequately treated. All testing done throughout the day showed the water to be well within the parameters of safe water. 

City Utilities apologizes for any inconvenience the boil advisory may have caused for its customers. However, City Utilities is committed to protecting public health and safety and we believe it was appropriate to issue the precautionary advisory. We appreciate the patience of use customers during the boil advisory."