City adds upgraded water tower

The City of Fort Wayne capped off a new water tower on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
The City of Fort Wayne capped off a new water tower on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.(Fort Wayne's NBC)
Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 3:47 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - The City of Fort Wayne added an additional water tower to the City Utilities’ arsenal Wednesday morning.

The 175-foot, 500,000-gallon tank was capped off Wednesday on White Oak Drive, the City’s east side, and will serve 72,473 homes, the City said.

Water towers allow the water to flow to neighborhoods during peak water usage and during power outages, the City says. The water is also used to supply additional water to neighborhoods to help firefighters extinguish fires.

“While towering in the air and highly visible, the work of a water tower goes mostly unnoticed. But when needed, water towers can work around the clock. Water towers help us keep adequate pressure to a customer’s faucet during peak usage hours and when something out of the ordinary, like a power outage, impacts our distribution system. Their water stored at a high elevation allows us to distribute water through gravity and keeps stable water pressure to homes and businesses.”

Matthew Wirtz, Deputy Director of Engineering for City Utilities

The tower is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2022.

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