HOAGLAND, Ind. (WFFT) - The sewer treatment facility in Hoagland is getting ready to come offline.
The Allen County Regional Water and Sewer District is planning on installing new mains connecting the Maples and Hoagland communities to Fort Wayne's system.
The lagoon system in Hoagland is the only sewage treatment facility in the sewer district. Keeping it online could mean hefty fines.
"We could start to have regulatory problems with EPA and IDEM with our discharges. That's scary," said Jeff Morris, Allen County Regional Water and Sewer District executive director.
Morris said the lagoons dump the treated water into the ditch next to it.
He said the to fix it, collect the sewage in Maples, send it to a lift station in Hoagland that will be built at the current lagoons. Then all of that will be sent to the city of Fort Wayne, with people on the route able to connect to the line.
"With the customers we were grabbing, Fort Wayne being able to treat our sewage and having plenty of capacity, that's the route we chose," said Morris.
The city of Fort Wayne is expected to pay $1.5 million to upgrade the lift station and the pipe that will be built from I-469 and Adams Center Road, heading north with plans for new development on that stretch.
However, many people in Hoagland are upset about the proposal because their rates are going up significantly every year.
But Morris said the rate hikes aren't related because the district is going to a stabilized rate.
"We told Hoagland they would come out at slower rate than everyone else would," he said.
Most customers in other areas in the water and sewer district are paying around $120 a month.
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