Free Water Pollution Control plant tours March 23

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Fort Wayne, Ind. – Free guided tours of the award-winning P.L. Brunner Water Pollution Control Plant are being offered this Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Visitors can park across the street at 2601 Dwenger Avenue to join the tours and learn how the plant operates, including visiting the lab, viewing its high powered microscope, and learning how the plant generates power from waste. In 2018 the plant was recognized for Energy Generation & Recovery with the Utility of the Future Today award.

The plant has grown tremendously since it began operating in 1940. Last year, the plant treated more than 17 billion gallons of sewage.

The facility can treat 100 million gallons of sewage per day and serves more than 315,000 area residents in Fort Wayne, New Haven, Leo-Cedarville, Maysville, Grabill, Zanesville, Arcola and many homes and businesses in unincorporated areas of Allen County.

Recent Water Pollution Control Plant awards:

  • 2018 Utility of the Future Today – Energy Generation and Recovery,  sponsors — National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the WateReuse Association, with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • 2017 and 2018 Residuals and Biosolids Excellence in Operating a Large Facility, sponsor – Indiana Water Environment Association (IWEA)
  • 2017 and 2018 Laboratory Excellence Award, sponsor – Indiana Water Environment Association (IWEA)
  • 2017 and 2018 Excellence in Safety Award, sponsor – Indiana Water Environment Association (IWEA)
  • 2017 Gold Peak Performance Award (received in 2018 as they award in the summer after annual data is available) sponsor – National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)
  • 2016 Silver Peak Performance Award (received in 2017 as they award in the summer after annual data is available) sponsor – National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)