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  • Common Water Issues in Fort Wayne

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    The main water source for Fort Wayne is the St. Joseph River. Each day, Fort Wayne draws an average of 34 million gallons of water from the river. Water from the river is collected and stored in a watershed area that covers more then 694,000 acres in the northeast corner of Indiana. The water is then treated and filtered at the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant in downtown Fort Wayne before being distributed to the city’s 75,000 customers. The White River flows through heavily populated parts of the state, absorbing contaminants along the way – therefore Fort Wayne’s water undergoes extensive treatment before reaching the faucets of local homes and businesses.

    Lime Buildup

    When water filters over limestone bedrock, it absorbs many of those minerals. Over time, that mineral concentration can lead to a white, chalky buildup known as limescale. If left to accumulate, limescale deposits can:
    • Reduce water heater efficiency
    • Cause buildup in sinks, tubs, and toilets
    • Etch the surface of glassware, making it look cloudy
    • Leave stains on clothes
    • Cause metallic stains
    • Create rust marks in sinks and tubs
    • Too much iron in the water can give it a rusty or reddish-brown tinge. Aside from being unappealing to drink, colored water from iron can:

    Poor-Quality, Hard Water

    Dissolved iron and other hard minerals are added to the water during the filtration process. Because of this, the water tends to be harsh and of poor quality. Some results of this are:
    • Hard-to-clean residue on dishes, sinks, and tubs
    • Frequent malfunctioning of appliances
    • Dry, itchy skin
    • Laundry that is stiff and uncomfortably scratchy

    Spotty, Cloudy Glassware

    Spotty and cloudy residue on glassware can be tough to get rid of with high mineral concentrations in your water. Doing the dishes with hard water can result in:
    • White spots on glasses and silverware
    • Easy-to-spot fingerprints on freshly cleaned glasses
    • Cloudy, streaky residue