FORT WAYNE – The citys $22 million ultraviolet disinfection project is expected to be finished early and under budget.
Andrew Schipper, of the citys Planning and Design Services department, told the Board of Public Works on Wednesday that the two-year project is in its final phases.
Its going well, Schipper said. The project is coming in under budget, and we expect it will be complete before IDEMs December deadline.
In 2006, the federal Environmental Protection Agency introduced a drinking water regulation that requires municipal systems that use surface water instead of well water to add additional disinfection to prevent cryptosporidium and giardia.
In 1993, cryptosporidium in Milwaukees water supply killed 69 people and sickened hundreds of thousands, authorities say.
The EPA informed Fort Wayne in 2009 that it would have to comply with the new rule.
Fort Wayne has never had an issue with cryptosporidium, officials said. The Three Rivers Filtration Plant can produce up to 72 million gallons of drinking water a day.
The project, which uses ultraviolet light to kill any organisms in the water that survive the chlorination process, has been under construction for 18 months.
Officials are planning an open house to show off the completed project this fall.