Boil-water advisory after accident lifted

April 14, 2019

Fort Wayne and state officials lifted a boil-water advisory Saturday that was put in place after a car accident caused the city’s water distribution system pressure to drop. 

The vehicle struck a high-voltage power line Thursday, creating a power surge at the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant. The plant’s pumping system responded appropriately, but the pressure drop prompted City Utilities to issue the boil advisory.

Testing Saturday morning showed “the water is free from any contamination and is safe,” city spokesman Frank Suarez said in a statement. He said tests Friday also showed the water was safe, and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management confirmed the results Saturday.

Some water customers had been asked to use bottled water or boil any water used for drinking, food preparation, making ice or brushing teeth. Homes in the northwest, southwest and southeast quadrants of Fort Wayne were affected. 

“All residents may now use water from the tap for drinking and cooking with no further need for precautions,” Suarez said. “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.”