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Fort Wayne, Indiana Water Quality Report

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Sources Of Drinking Water in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Where does Fort Wayne get its water from? Water provided to customers of City Utilities comes from the St. Joseph River. Water flows into the river from more than 694,000 acres in northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio and a small part of south central Michigan. The primary land use in the watershed is agricultural. Fort Wayne draws an average of about 34 million gallons of water each day from the river. This “raw” water is treated, filtered and tested at the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant before it is distributed to customers. 

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has conducted a Source Water Assessment for City Utilities’ water supply. The Source Water Assessment has identified potential sources of contamination. The report also analyzes the hydrological conditions that may affect the susceptibility of the water supply to potential contaminants. Is Fort Wayne's water safe to drink? Does Fort Wayne put fluoride in its water?

Source: City of Fort Wayne, Indiana

Contaminants Found in Fort Wayne, Indiana Water Supply

(Detected above health guidelines)

Bromodichloromethane

Bromodichloromethane, one of the total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Bromodichloromethane and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy.

Chloroform

Chloroform, one of the total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Chloroform and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy.

Chromium (Hexavalent)

Chromium (hexavalent) is a carcinogen that commonly contaminates American drinking water. Chromium (hexavalent) in drinking water may be due to industrial pollution or natural occurrences in mineral deposits and groundwater.

Dibromochloromethane

Dibromochloromethane, one of the total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water.

Hormones

Hormones in drinking water come from human and animal wastewater discharged into drinking water sources. Conventional drinking water treatments, like a Brita pitcher, do not remove hormones. This utility detected 4-Androstene-3,17-dione. 

Nitrate

Nitrate, a fertilizer chemical, frequently contaminates drinking water due to agricultural and urban runoff, and discharges from municipal wastewater treatment plants and septic tanks.  

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

Trihalomethanes are cancer-causing contaminants that form during water treatment with chlorine and other disinfectants. The total trihalomethanes group includes four chemicals: chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane and bromoform. 

Potential Health Effects of Consuming These Contaminants

Health risks of Bromodichloromethane above health recommendations

Cancer: The health guideline of 0.4 ppb for bromodichloromethane was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a one-in-a-million lifetime risk of cancer. Values greater than one-in-a-million cancer risk level can result in increased cancer cases above one in a million people.

Health risks of Chloroform above health recommendations

Cancer: The health guideline of 1 ppb for chloroform was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a one-in-a-million lifetime risk of cancer. Values greater than one-in-a-million cancer risk level can result in increased cancer cases above one in a million people.

Health risks of Dibromochloromethane above health recommendations

Cancer & Pregnancy: Dibromochloromethane, one of the total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Dibromochloromethane and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy


Health risks of Chromium (Hexavalent) above health recommendations

Cancer: The health guideline of 0.02 ppb for chromium (hexavalent) was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer.

Health risks of Nitrate above health recommendations

Cancer:  The health guideline of 0.14 ppm for nitrate was defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG and corresponds to one-in-one-million annual cancer risk level.  Excessive nitrate in water can cause oxygen deprivation in infants and increase the risk of cancer.

Health risks of Trihalomethanes above health recommendations

Cancer: The health guideline of 0.8 ppb for trihalomethanes was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a draft public health goal, the level of drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer.

Health risks of Hormones acid above health recommendations

Unknown: This utility detected 4-Androstene-3,17-dione. Hormones in drinking water come from human and animal wastewater discharged into drinking water sources. Conventional drinking water treatment does not remove hormones.

Contaminant Levels in Fort Wayne, IN Compared to Other Regions

Bromodichloromethane

- Health Guideline: 0.06 ppb

 - Fort Wayne, IN: 2.45 ppb

 - National: 4.36 ppb

Chloroform

 - Health Guideline: 1.0 ppb

 - National: 11.4 ppb

 - Fort Wayne, IN: 33.0 ppb

Chromium (hexavalent)

 - Health Guideline: 0.02 ppb

 - Fort Wayne, IN: 0.215 ppb

 - National: 0.782 ppb

Dibromochloromethane 

  - Legal Limit: 4 ppb

 - National: 0.440 ppb 

 - Fort Wayne, IN: 0.150 ppb

Hormones

No drinking water standard exists for this contaminant

Fluoride

 - Health Guideline: No standards exist

 - National: 0.437 ppb

 - Fort Wayne, IN: 0.800 ppb

Nitrate

 - Health Guideline: 0.14 ppb

 - National: 1.01 ppb

 - Fort Wayne, IN: 1.16 ppb

Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

 - Health Guideline: 0.8 ppb

 - National: 23.4 ppb

 - Fort Wayne, IN: 29.1 ppb

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