Annual Reminder: Combined Sewer Overflow Email Notifications

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Leaders with City Utilities are reminding interested residents in Fort Wayne that they can receive an email notification when the City’s combined sewer system is discharging into area rivers. 

Fort Wayne’s combined sewer system carries sanitary sewage to the sewage treatment plant in dry weather.  When it rains, these same sewers also collect stormwater runoff.   Many times when it is raining the combined sewer pipes get too full.  When this happens, some of the excess flow is discharged to the rivers. 

The notification system is intended to help you identify those periods when the water may not be safe for human contact.

Combined sewer overflows affect the following areas:

  • * St. Joseph River from Coliseum Boulevard to the confluence of the Maumee River

  • * St. Mary’s River from Airport Expressway to the confluence of the Maumee River

  • * Maumee River from the confluence of the St. Joseph River and the St. Mary’s River through the City of New Haven to the Platter Road bridge over the Maumee River in Milan Township.

If you're interested in receiving a free email notification of combined sewer overflows, you can sign up at