FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A plan to prevent water main breaks through higher rates moved forward by city council and
is now under consideration by the Indiana Regulatory Commission. This weekend residents got a chance to see some of the investment at the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant.
"We just got an award for best tasting water, so we like to show the plant off for two reasons: One because we make great water. It's great tasting, safe, and affordable, and second because we have a beautiful facility here," Mary Jane Slaton with City Utilities said.
Locals got a chance to see the plant in operation, and interact with staff members seeing just how much goes into the water we use.
"Actually, producing the water is very low cost, but maintaining and managing our water distribution system, making sure we're doing proper maintenance, water main replacement, preventive maintenance, that's where majority of our money goes," Slaton added.
The increase is expected to help city utilities officials combat large numbers of water main breaks throughout the city.
Customers would see the first increase of about $1.34 on their monthly bill next year.
This investment is something they believe will attract more people to the city.
"The rate increase that goes into effect helps pay to make sure we can continue to provide safe, good tasting drinking water, and that also means we can continue to replace aging water lines. Some of those may be 50, 100, 150 years old in the central part of the city that had been there for a long time that need to be replaced," Councilman Geoff Paddock said.
The plant was also awarded the Director's Award for the 17th year in a row and the Wendell Ladue Utility Safety Award for water maintenance.