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Citizens Energy to take over city's water, sewer utilities

March 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The agreement is expected to generate more than $425 million in funding for local infrastructure improvements, and Citizens has agreed to assume $1.5 billion in debt associated with the utilities.
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Bottled-water company ramps up production in PlainfieldRestricted Content

March 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Niagara Bottling LLC recently hired 55 for its plant on Whitaker Road, which will make half-liter bottles of purified municipal tap water.
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City tries to raise cash by privatizing operations

December 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard pulled out his predecessor Steve Goldsmith's Republican playbook and began exploring a host of privatization proposals in an effort to save money.
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Carmel buying 12 acres for new well field

December 1, 2009
Cory Schouten
The city of Carmel has agreed to buy about 12 acres adjacent to the Mansion at Oak Hill for a new well field.
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Advisory panel urges EPA to back plan to pay for green projects via property taxRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Chris O'Malley
By issuing “voluntary environmental improvement bonds,”, local and state governments could create special taxing districts that finance homeowner purchases of everything from solar panels to rain gardens.
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Companies reap rewards on irrigation investmentsRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Mike’s Express Carwash uses a lot of water. There’s just no getting around it. So when automated systems engineer Ryan Binkley looked for ways to conserve resources, he focused on the company’s irrigation systems.
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Consultant: Indianapolis water utility lax in overseeing Veolia

October 17, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The city too often relied on the Department of Waterworks’ board, on consultants and on the private operator, Veolia Water, rather than on the department’s own staff “to ensure safe and efficient operation, maintenance and management” of Indianapolis Water. That’s one of several critical findings of a consultant hired by the department and filed as part of a 35-percent rate-hike request pending before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Hotel water plan is wasteful

October 3, 2009
I would like to take exception to the topic and the quote in [Scott] Olson’s article in the Sept. 21 IBJ regarding the de-watering system planned for the new Marriott Hotel.
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City receives host of sale, privatization ideas for water, sewer utilitiesRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Officials grappling with a water utility deep in debt and a sewer infrastructure needing upwards of $2 billion in upgrades were swamped with proposals about how to fix the mess.
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American Water wants to raise rates

October 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is seeking public input on a proposed rate hike by American Water Inc., which has 283,000 customers in the state, including in Noblesville and Greenwood.
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Waterworks proposes 35-percent rate hike

September 30, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Department of Waterworks today unveiled a capital-improvements proposal that would raise water rates for the average residential customer by 35 percent, or $8 a month.
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Toll road operator among water-utility suitors

September 29, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Among 23 firms that have expressed interest in operating Indianapolis’ water and sewer systems is Macquarie, the Australian firm that operates the Indiana Toll Road under a 75-year, $3.8 billion lease. In July, the city asked companies to express interest in operating the systems.
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Water utility wants millions for treatment-plant upgrade, dam repairRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Already swamped with higher debt costs due to a bond refinancing fiasco, the city’s Department of Waterworks is asking the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to OK a rate hike to pay for capital projects.
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Indianapolis utility could buy Lake Monroe water

August 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press, Associated Press
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. has agreed to a 20-year contract with a state agency to potentially draw millions of gallons of water from southern Indiana's Lake Monroe.
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Veolia appeals regulators' rate-hike decision

August 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Veolia Water Indianapolis, which manages the city’s water utility, has appealed an order issued by state utility regulators that limited a major rate increase sought by the city.
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Indianapolis Waterworks' rate hike request excessive, critics sayRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Customer groups say an 18-percent rate hike sought by the Indianapolis Department of Waterworks is excessive even for a utility drowning in variable-rate bond debt that's swelled since financial markets collapsed.
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Sugar Creek Utility Co. seeks rate reliefRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Sugar Creek Utility Co. wants the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to grant it rate relief for the 84-lot manufactured housing community Riley Village.
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City's water system wasted a billion gallons last yearRestricted Content

July 16, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Records show 17 percent of the 51 billion gallons Indianapolis Water treats and pumps from its plants never so much as moves a digit on customers' water meters.
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