Carmel issues voluntary water restrictions due to drought conditions

Carmel, Ind.

The City of Carmel issued a voluntary water restriction Sunday due to recent drought conditions and water restrictions issued in several nearby cities.

The city said they wish to work together with other water utilities to ensure there is adequate water for domestic purposes and fire protection, so Carmel Utilities asked customers to voluntarily conserve water. 

Officials said Carmel has an adequate water supply due to their long-term water master plan, 24 wells and four treatment plants.  They said Carmel Utilities was able to meet the largest demand for water the area has seen because of the addition of a new water treatment facility at 106th Street and Gray Road.  The facility has the capacity of processing 12 million gallons of water a day.

The new water treatment facility and two new wells were completed and added to the system last month as part of a planned expansion that began in 2008.

“While we are able to meet the current demand, none of us can predict how long the drought will last and what our needs and the needs of the surrounding communities will be,” said the City of Carmel in a news release. “Therefore, we are asking for this voluntary conservation so that we continue meeting the demands of our customers and conserve our resources for the current and future needs of the region.”

Due to the drought, officials said the plant and Carmel’s other facilities have been operating at levels never seen before. 

However, Citizens Energy Group said they would like see Carmel implement a watering ban, similar to ones enforced in Fishers, Avon, Noblesville and Zionsville.

A spokesperson for Citizens Energy Group released the following statement Monday:

“At this time, Citizens does not purchase water from Carmel. Citizens does, however, supply wholesale drinking water to Carmel for approximately 3,000 Carmel customers. Due to our interconnected water systems, Citizens supports the water bans implemented by Fishers, Avon, Noblesville and Zionsville. We are hopeful that Carmel will implement a similar ban in order to protect our valuable Central Indiana natural water resources.”

The city of Carmel has not said if it is considering a mandatory ban. A representative for Carmel Utilities said the city is equipped to help other cities with water shortages but so far has not done so.

Some residents in Carmel said that they would be happy to comply with a ban if necessary.

“I was watering normally up until three weeks ago. Now, I'm (watering) about three times a week and I'll probably cut back to zero if that's what they want us to do,” resident Mike Hanley said.

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