The Allen County Regional Water & Sewer District Board of Trustees approved a Utility Acquisition Agreement at the August Board Meeting to transfer assets, debts, and operations of the District to Fort Wayne City Utilities. The transfer is expected to take effect at the end of the year.
Frequently Asked Questions:
All District customers will become direct customers of Fort Wayne City Utilities (FWCU). The District will no longer have any customers of its own.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
City Utilities plans for improvements to the way grinder pumps are owned, maintained and operated. More details on these programs will be available soon.
Customers will be credited for their pre-paid investments.
The outside city flat rate will be $77.75 in 2021; $80.12 in 2022; $82.58 in 2023; and $85.28 in 2024.