State Senator Ed Charbonneau is promoting steps Indiana is taking to ensure the state’s drinking water supply is kept safe for future generations.
The Valparaiso Republican writes that given recent the crisis in Flint, Michigan, Hoosiers are wondering if the state has taken steps to ensure a similar disaster is prevented, locally. Flint was the subject of national attention after it was determined lead pipes were polluting drinking water. Donations poured in from across the country to aid residents.
For three years, Indiana’s General Assembly has been working to review and assess whether the state’s water supply is protected from similar problems. Past efforts have included regulations on above ground storage tanks, and implementing monitoring of groundwater resources in the state.
This year, the General Assembly considered the topics surrounding distressed water utilities. Specifically, a study was commissioned to evaluate the amount of water lost to leaky pipes. Information gleaned from the review was intended to give municipalities a bit of confidence when considering infrastructure upgrades.
Investments are expected to better preserve drinking water supplies to prevent water loss.
Charbonneau says the study commissioned during 2016 will also help determine how to invest long-term in preserving water as a natural resource.