Wastewater treatment plans move ahead despite backlash in West Indy
A fight over zoning has devolved into debates over odor, water quality, and the impact of another wastewater treatment plant in the area on nearby residents.Read More
With official reporting of COVID-19 cases and testing data becoming less frequent and less reliable, especially as people test at home, sewage monitoring has gained increasing importance.
The City-County Council’s public works committee voted unanimously Thursday night to move a proposal forward that would establish a so-called “flood control improvement district” in the Warfleigh neighborhood, plus parts of Broad Ripple and near Butler University.
State regulators approved a 30 percent increase from Citizens in 2016. The utility now says it needs to raise rates to continue funding its massive DigIndy tunnel system project.
Citizens Energy gave an update Monday on the the massive, $2 billion project, which involves a network of tunnels hundreds of feet under the city to handle sewage that would otherwise spill into local waterways.
Citizens Energy Group said crews are “conducting rapid inspections of all downtown sewer infrastructure to identify potential issues” after problems below the surface forced closures of two intersections this month.
A busy downtown intersection could remain closed through the weekend while crews repair a sinkhole that developed there Wednesday, Citizens Energy Group said Thursday afternoon.
The project will close the two streets just north of Fall Creek Parkway, as part of Citizens Energy’s $2 billion project to improve waterways.
In a lawsuit filed in Marion Superior Court, Whitestown is suing the wastewater division of Citizens Energy Group for breach of contract and is seeking a refund for connection fees.
Citizens Energy Group says it plans to hire a “vast majority” of the 180 workers at two local wastewater-treatment plants after Suez Water Indiana LLC loses its contract to manage the facilities.
Indianapolis-area residents will see their monthly sewer rates increase by 30 percent over the next year after state regulators approved a plan Tuesday to fund improvements to the aging system.
The utility’s ad campaign comes as state regulators are considering Citizens’ request to raise water and sewer rates by double-digit percentages on about 400,000 customers.
Indianapolis-area residents would see their sewer rates rise by about $8.50 a month this year and another $2.50 a month next year under a settlement announced Thursday.
A small utility cooperative’s plan aims to help spur development in unserved areas between Greenfield and Fortville.
With only moderate fanfare, contractors recently finished boring the first, roughly nine-mile leg of the DigIndy project, the largest public works project in the state.
The Clay Township Regional Waste District has made a $106,800 offer to King of Glory Church to buy land for the above-ground tank, which would be the size of a one-story McMansion.