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Citizens Announces $100 Million Plan to Improve Water System

INDIANAPOLIS – Citizens Energy Group announced today a plan to invest approximately $100 million in the local water system over the next two years to improve system reliability, reduce water loss and ensure adequate water supply.
“Continued investments in our water system are absolutely vital to ensuring safe, high quality water to the people of Central Indiana,” said Jeffrey Harrison, President & CEO of Citizens Energy Group. “It is important that we continue to reduce the 600-700 water main breaks that occur each year along our system, which waste 4-6 billion gallons of finished water. We must also continue investments that ensure the Indianapolis area has the water it will need for a growing population and economy.”
Since 2011, when Citizens acquired the water system serving the 9-county Indianapolis area, it has made about $230 million of improvements to the system including installing new water mains, building a new groundwater treatment plant, expanding existing wellfields and dredging its reservoirs and the Central Canal.
Among the projects planned over the next two years are:
  • New water mains – Approximately 50 water main segments throughout the metropolitan area will be replaced to reduce water loss and ensure system reliability during peak usage periods.
  • Citizens Reservoir - Work will continue on our plan to develop the first new reservoir in Central Indiana in nearly 50 years. The project will entail filling an 88-acre, 230-foot deep quarry in Hamilton County with about 3 billion gallons of water, which is about 40 percent of the capacity of the 1,800-acre Geist Reservoir. The new Citizens Reservoir will ensure adequate water supply for population growth and economic development over the next 20 years at a fraction of the cost of building a conventional reservoir.
  • Reservoir dredging – Targeted dredging of the Geist and Morse Reservoir inlets will be conducted to minimize the continued loss of storage capacity at each reservoir due to upstream sediment.
  • New water intake - A new intake will allow the movement of 20 million gallons of water per day from Fall Creek to the Central Canal to improve water quality management, balance reservoir storage and ensure more reliable water delivery during drought conditions.
  • Treatment plant upgrades - New equipment will be installed to ensure continued water quality and safety at Citizens’ 10 water treatment plants.
  • Well rehabilitation – Rehabilitation of existing groundwater wells will ensure continued water supply reliability during periods of peak demand.
“We know customers are concerned about the recent rate increase that was necessary to make these investments. We want to assure our customers that the investments we are planning over the next two
years will continue our progress in creating a more reliable and sustainable water utility for the region,” Harrison said.

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