Business, Political Groups Rally For Unified Water Policy

Dec 25, 2014

Some lawmakers want the legislature to decide on a statewide water plan right away, while others say more information is still needed.
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Environmental and business groups are sounding the alarm on the need for comprehensive water policies in Indiana.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce recently released a report detailing the critical need for a state-driven water plan to identify resources and develop ways to deliver water to underserved areas.

Hoosier Environmental Council Executive Director Jesse Kharbanda says there are plenty of ways to help serve future water needs.

“It could be through efficiencies in the system – leaks in pipes. It could be through the establishment of new water conservation programs. It could be through perhaps working with communities to create bans on watering your lawns more than ‘x’ times a week,” Kharbanda said.

But Senate Environmental Affairs Committee Chair Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, says the legislature can’t expect to solve all of its problems in one session – he says a lot more data is needed before solutions can be created.

“I think one of the most significant early issues we need to deal with is educating the public on the need to get involved in water at this point,” Charbonneau said.

The legislative session begins January 6.