In June, the Board of Trustees of the Allen County Regional Water and Sewer District (the “District”) entered into a
Letter of Intent (“LOI”) with Fort Wayne City Utilities for Fort Wayne City Utilities (“City Utilities”) to assume the
assets, debt, and operations of the District.
To obtain customer feedback and answer questions, the District Board invites you to attend one of three
public meetings at the following locations.
July 21, 6-7 PM
SW Fire Station #4
11609 Lower Huntington Road
July 26, 6-7 PM
Jefferson Twp Park
1702 Webster Road
August 3, 6-7 PM
Arcola Fire Station
11401 Railroad Street
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What happens to District customers if the City of Fort Wayne acquires the District?
All District customers will become direct customers of Fort Wayne City Utilities (FWCU). The District will no longer have any customers of its own.
2. What will be the basis of the calculation of my sewer bill if the City of Fort Wayne acquires the District?
The vast majority of current District customers have their sewer bill calculated based on a “flat rate” (fixed monthly amount) per each residential unit (individual home) equivalent and FWCU will typically bill in that manner as well.
FWCU also has the ability to calculate a sewer bill based off actual monthly water consumption, but that requires a customer to have a water meter, which currently many sewer District customers do not have. Customers will NOT be required to convert to billing off water consumption unless they connect to FWCU water.
3. How will the sewer rates be established if the City of Fort Wayne acquires the District?
FWCU utilizes professional accounting firms and standard sewer industry cost of service principles to calculate sewer rates for its customers. Rates are established for the various types of customers (residential, commercial, industrial, etc.) and approved the Fort Wayne City Council.
In addition, sewer rates are established based on if a customer is located inside or outside the City of Fort Wayne limits. Outside-city rates are higher than inside-city rates, but are limited to no more than a 25-percent differential per state statute and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and will be included in the terms of the acquisition agreement.
4. Does this allow the City of Fort Wayne to annex me?
The City’s ability to annex (and individual homeowners, the County, Townships to contest annexation efforts) does not change with this transition in service providers.
5. Will I be forced to connect?
No changes in a homeowner’s connection status are planned as part of this transition in direct service provider. If a home is under a Court or Department of Health Order to ‘pump and haul’ waste from their failed or failing septic system because it is polluting the surrounding properties or waterways, the homeowner will still be under such Order from the Court or Health Department.
6. When will this become effective?
This proposed transition in direct service provider is not finalized yet and will need several months to become final if it is approved by all regulatory and elected boards and councils. If the process is successful, it will likely take the rest of 2021 to be completed (Closing Date).
7. How will grinder pumps be addressed?
City Utilities plans for improvements to the way grinder pumps are owned, maintained and operated. More details on these programs will be available soon.
8. How will customers who prepaid their capital costs be addressed?
Customers will be credited for their pre-paid investments.
9. How much is City Utilities’ outside flat rate?
The outside city flat rate will be $77.75 in 2021; $80.12 in 2022; $82.58 in 2023; and $85.28 in 2024.