City Utilities: “Water is safe,” boil water advisory lifted

The advisory for a large portion of the city, including 30,000 customers was issued Friday afternoon

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A boil water advisory issued for a large portion of Fort Wayne has been lifted, according to Fort Wayne City Utilities.

The advisory was lifted after 25 hours.

The utility issued a statement Saturday afternoon indicating further testing of the water indicated no contamination, according to Frank Suarez, City Utilities spokesman.

Suarez said testing never indicated a problem, but the advisory was issued out of an abundance of caution after initial assessment Friday and consultation with officials at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

A power outage Friday near Lawton Park at Clinton and Fourth Streets caused a brief interruption of power at the downtown water filtration plant. Suarez said emergency generators kicked on within a minute, but the distribution system was interrupted causing a loss of pressure.

The city’s 311 call center was open late Friday and early Saturday to take questions from residents.

City Utilities said the advisory was issued for a majority of Fort Wayne and said it affected 30,000 customers. However, the true number of people affected was unknown.

The advisory initially included homes and businesses bounded by Washington Center Road to the north, portion of Maplecrest and Meyer Roads to the east, Hillegas Road and the Saint Mary’s River to the west, and Tillman Road to the south.

Suarez said consumers of the city’s water can resume normal cooking and drinking.

Suarez said by telephone Saturday the advisory was issued as a precaution and not because officials found a problem with the water.

City Utilities issued the following statement:

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.


The following videos were edited before the advisory was issued.