Statement issued Tuesday:
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM’s) Hoosier Water Guardian program has recognized eight communities for voluntarily going above and beyond regulatory requirements to preserve and protect their public drinking water sources. Bruno Pigott, assistant commissioner of IDEM’s Office of Water Quality, presented the Hoosier Guardian awards during the Indiana Section of the American Water Works Association conference at the Indianapolis Marriot on February 23.
The highest award designation, Hoosier Water Guardian Award for Outstanding Commitment, was presented to the City of Richmond, as operated by Indiana American Water.
Five of the communities achieved the Hoosier Water Guardian Award with Distinction:
- The City of Crawfordsville, as operated by Indiana American Water;
- The City of Newburgh, as operated by Indiana American Water;
- The City of Noblesville, as operated by Indiana American Water;
- The City of West Lafayette, as operated by Indiana American Water; and,
- South Harrison Water Company.
Two communities were awarded the Hoosier Water Guardian Award:
- The City of Corydon; and,
- The City of Wabash, as operated by Indiana American Water.
IDEM also recognized six communities that have received recognition on the federal level for their efforts with a Groundwater Guardian award from the Groundwater Foundation. The communities are Carmel, Ligonier, Rockport, Elkhart, Indianapolis-Marion County and Valparaiso, which have been Hoosier Water Guardian Award honorees in past years.
“These communities have shown extraordinary dedication to the protection of public drinking water sources, and by extension, the health of their residents,” said Thomas Easterly, IDEM commissioner. “The voluntary measures enacted require the combined efforts of citizens, businesses and local governments to be truly successful.”
IDEM encourages citizens to help protect ground water resources through activities such as following label instructions when using lawn fertilizers and chemicals, ensuring that household chemicals are properly disposed of, and properly managing solid waste. For information about the Indiana Hoosier Water Guardian program, visit www.idem.IN.gov/4296.htm.
IDEM (www.idem.IN.gov) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.