Lawmakers, advocates eye statewide water plan

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): A study of Indiana’s water supply could spur efforts to protect the natural resource that’s essential for residents and industries.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has enlisted Bloomington-based hydrogeologist Jack Wittman to lead a study to examine the state’s water supplies and identify gaps between supply and demand.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the push for water planning gained momentum this year when the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission surveyed 555 water utilities about their use, costs, customer bases and service territories.

The IURC also recommended proactive regulation of key facilities, drought planning and an evaluation of monitoring wells.

Advocates say the stakes are high. The agriculture, electric power and pharmaceutical industries all are dependent on water.