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Business, Political Groups Rally For Unified Water Policy

Daniel X. O'Neil

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.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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