Indiana addresses potential water crisis

Officials in Indiana are trying to prevent a water crisis as both supply and infrastructure are inadequate for future needs.

Posted: Dec 11, 2017 6:55 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Officials in Indiana are trying to prevent a water crisis as both supply and infrastructure are inadequate for future needs.

A 2016 survey found that Indiana utilities have an immediate need for $2.26 billion to replace water meters, hydrants, water mains, treatment plants, wells and other physical infrastructure, The Journal Gazette reported.

According to each system, the estimate is beyond the capacity of the utilities and customers to finance without a new funding program.

Gov. Eric Holcomb is now seeking to create a multi-agency working group to develop strategies to manage the state’s water resources and infrastructure, and support development of asset management plans for high-need water and wastewater utilities. The group would also likely prepare recommendations for the Legislature in 2019.

The Indiana Finance Authority has also applied for a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan of $436 million. It’s one of 12 potential borrowers.

The authority wants to expand its Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund programs and fund dozens of additional projects in communities across the state.

Discussions of a water crisis began in 2014 when the Indiana Chamber of Commerce issued a report calling for the development of a water resource plan to better conserve and manage the state’s water supply.

“We’re trying to avoid a crisis from happening,” said Greg Ellis, vice president of energy and environmental policy of the chamber of commerce.

___

Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net

Article Comments

Terre Haute
Broken Clouds
49° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 46°
Robinson
Overcast
51° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 51°
Indianapolis
Broken Clouds
47° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 45°
Rockville
Clear
41° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 38°
Casey
Broken Clouds
48° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 48°
Brazil
Broken Clouds
49° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 46°
Marshall
Broken Clouds
49° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 46°
Cloudy, cool, and calm tonight
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

Latest Video

Image

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Image

Washington Nursing Center residents being moved out

Image

Community supports couple with COVID-19

Image

Stores implementing new rules due to coronavirus

Image

COVID-19 impacting realtors

Image

Local family passes time inside with song

Image

American Legion offers free meals

Image

Susie's Place: Watch for signs of child abuse

Image

Donate Life Month events go virtual

Image

Blood drives still scheduled

WTHI Events