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Indianapolis Water, a public-private partnership, pumps water from six well fields including 69 wells and a total capacity of 97 MGD. They also have plans to develop a seventh well field in the near future that would in its first phase of development add an additional 16 MGD of capacity. Providing almost 25% of their total production, these well fields are important sources of drinking water for residents and businesses located in the Indianapolis metropolitan area.
Protection of the ground water that surround these wells has been a priority for the city’s utility operators since the early 1980’s. Indianapolis and Marion County were among one of the first communities in the country to pursue a county-wide approach to wellhead protection. In May 1995 they passed one of the nation’s first zoning ordinances to address new potential sources of contamination within the one and five year time of travel zones surrounding these well fields. These protection zones were updated in 2002 and again in 2003.
Indianapolis Water and their partners, the Marion County Wellhead Education Corporation and Veolia, were awarded the Hoosier Water Guardian Award in January 2008. Accomplishments that were recognized included: monitoring contaminated sites and meeting with IDEM remediation staff on a quarterly basis, educating businesses located within their 5 year time of travel zone, reviewing new construction plans, and preparing for spills.
They have also been recognized as a Groundwater Guardian Community by the national Groundwater Foundation since 1998.