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Huntertown gets filter-flushing permit

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has issued a permit allowing Huntertown to discharge up to 6,000 gallons a day of effluent flushed from its drinking water filters at the water plant into nearby Geller Ditch.

Currently, the effluent is sent to Fort Wayne City Utilities for processing. The water is a result of backwashing the drinking water system filters to flush out accumulated debris and particles. About 20 people submitted comments objecting to the permit, including Kumar Menon, director of Fort Wayne City Utilities.

Huntertown is in the process of building a $1.8 million drinking water filtration plant on 11 acres along Carroll Road near Lima Road. It is expected to be operational before the end of the year.