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Citizens’ Diverse Water Supply Enhances Water Quality

INDIANAPOLIS- The recent events in Toledo, Ohio have raised questions about water quality across the nation. The problems in Toledo are unlikely in Indianapolis due to Citizens’ diverse water supply. While Toledo depends on water from Lake Erie as a single source of supply, Citizens draws water from the White River, Fall Creek, Morse, Geist and Eagle Creek Reservoirs, the Central Canal and multiple well fields.

“Most of the drinking water supply from Central Indiana originates from rivers, streams and groundwater. These sources of water are less susceptible to the algae-related problems encountered in Toledo,” said Jeff Willman, Executive Director Water Operations. “If one of our sources of water were to be impacted, we have the ability to treat the water and shift load to another source of supply, if necessary.”

Citizens routinely samples water to ensure it is safe to drink. Testers also monitor for issues in the water that could result in a foul taste or odor. During the tests, Citizens is looking for various impacts, including the blue-green algae identified in Lake Erie. Not all algae blooms must be treated, however. At times, blooms in Geist and Morse Reservoirs don’t create problems with the water supply because the water quality improves by the time it reaches Citizens’ water treatment plants.

How You Can Help
Much of the algae in area reservoirs are the result of excess levels of phosphorus and other nutrients from fertilizers used on lawns and agricultural fields. Citizens encourages residents to use phosphorus-free fertilizer and to take steps, like installing a rain garden, to reduce runoff on their property. For simple, low-cost tips on how you can protect water quality, please visit our partners at the White River Alliance at http://www.clearchoicescleanwater.org 

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