Indiana American Water

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U.S. Steel had yet another oil leak on Friday. An official with the northwest Indiana company says it found a “light, intermittent oil sheen” near one of its pipes that discharges into Lake Michigan waterways. 

This comes just weeks after another leak from U.S. Steel and a chemical spill from ArcelorMittal that killed 3,000 fish. Residents and environmentalists are hoping this won’t become “the new normal.” 

Indiana American Water’s 1.3 million residential customers can expect to pay about an extra $2.41 per month if the state approves a rate increase. But that’s less than half as much as the utility originally requested. 

Indiana American Water has a warning for Hoosiers this Fourth of July as they set off – and clean up – their pyrotechnic displays.

Fireworks contain a chemical called perchlorate. It’s also found in rocket fuels, explosives, and some fertilizer. At high levels, the chemical in drinking water can create problems with the human thyroid gland, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Indiana American Water serves a million Hoosiers. Company spokesman Joe Loughmiller says there’s a few ways Hoosiers can lessen the threat fireworks pose to the state’s water sources.

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At least one Indiana water company is warning its customers to be mindful of the chemicals they put on their lawns.

Indiana American Water issued a press release saying recent heavy rains have made it more likely that pesticides and other chemicals would flow from urban lawns into municipal sewer systems.

Once they get there, Office of the Indiana State Chemist pesticide administrator David Scott says they can be hard to treat – especially if the chemicals dissolve during heavy rains like Indiana has seen in recent weeks.

Indiana Town Considers Water Utility Sale

Apr 19, 2017

 

Lake Station, Indiana, is treading water.

“We have no money whatsoever in this city,” says Bill Carrol, who manages the Ace Hardware in town.

Lake Station’s operating budget is $2 million overdrawn. Because of the city’s debt, the state is forcing budget cuts. So, Lake Station is considering selling its drinking water utility to a private company, Indiana American Water.

Johnson County Undergoes Cancer Cluster Investigation

Nov 30, 2015
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A meeting to discuss the outcome of a community requested cancer cluster investigation is happening tonight in Johnson County.

The Indiana State Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Management will be on hand to hear from Johnson County residents about concerns over the area’s water supply and how it may or may not tie into cases of childhood cancer. The meeting is being held at Franklin Community High School.

City of West Lafayette

Since he was unopposed in Tuesday’s election, West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis has had the luxury of spending the last several months working more on the State Street redesign than running for office.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we ask about a couple tangential issues – whether now is the right time for the city to get its own water utility and whether the failure of a plan to secure regional planning dollars hurts the city as it gets set to pay what could be a $50 million bill for the project.

City of West Lafayette

A couple weeks ago, when Indiana American Water Company announced its water needed treatment for possible contamination, it wasn’t just the water that started boiling – so, too did West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis’s blood.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor program, we chat with Mayor Dennis about whether the anger about not being able to control such situations might lead to the city controlling its own utilities.

We talk infrastructure on this week's show – there’s more than enough road construction to go around.

Boil Order For West Lafayette Expanded

May 22, 2015
Indiana American Water

*Updated at 11:35am*

Indiana American Water has expanded a precautionary boil water advisory for a majority of its West Lafayette customers.

The order includes customers north of Stadium Avenue and lasts until 5 a.m. Saturday.

Company officials say an electrical problem caused its Davis Ferry water treatment plant and backup power generation equipment to shut down overnight, resulting in low water pressure to customers in that area.

IURC approves water rate increase affecting WL

Jun 6, 2012

Indiana American Water has approval to raise its rates.

But what that means for West Lafayette residents is not yet known.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved a 1% increase in operating revenue for the water company. That’s significantly lower than the original request seeking about 10% more revenue.

The approval means Indiana American can increase revenue by nearly $2 million.

The company still must submit new schedules of rates and charges with the state for approval.