Zionsville Times Sentinel

February 6, 2013

Governments begin water supply study

By Rod Rose
For the Times Sentinel

Lebanon — Ensuring Boone County’s residents and businesses have an adequate water supply 50 years from now is one objective of a study committee that now has 100 percent participation from county and municipal governments.

Advance, Boone County, Jamestown, Lebanon, Thorntown, Whitestown, Zionsville and Citizens’ Water in Indianapolis are sharing the cost of the Boone County Interlocal Water Study Committee, Lebanon Mayor Huck Lewis said Tuesday, Jan. 29. The final opening was filled when the Boone County Commissioners on Jan. 21 approved signing the agreement. The county has budgeted $25,000 for the project, with an initial invoice of $10,000.

“In a nutshell, we don’t have water shortages now,” Lewis said. “We’re looking into the future.”

The study will examine the county’s water requirements for the next 20 to 50 years, Lewis said. “We believe at some point in time, and it won’t be anytime soon, water is going to be in short supply, so we have to prepare for it now.”

Organizing the committee has taken him and Lebanon Utilities General Manager Mike Martin two years, Lewis said.

Just less than $68,000 has been committed by the committee’s member groups for the study, to be done by Butler, Fairman and Seufert, Martin told the Lebanon Board of Works and Public Safety Monday, Jan. 28.

The first step is to determine the existing water supply and demand in Boone County, an estimate of supply and demand 10 to 20 years from now, the likely cost of the infrastructure to bring the supply to the demand, and ways to pay for those expenses, Martin said.

Information gathered by the water study committee could mean savings for participants.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.