Carmel Urges Voluntary Conservation
July 15, 2012 - Carmel currently has an adequate water supply as a result of our long-term water master plan, our 24 wells and four treatment plants. However, Indiana is facing an unprecedented drought this year and it may be months before there is any improvement to this situation. As a result, water utilities may need to work together to ensure that there is adequate water for domestic purposes and fire protection. Therefore, Carmel Utilities asks it customers to voluntarily conserve water.

The addition of a new water treatment facility at 106th Street and Gray Road, which has the capacity of processing 12 million gallons of water a day, has allowed Carmel Utilities to meet the largest demand for water the area has ever experienced. As part of a planned expansion that began in 2008, this new water treatment facility and two new wells were completed and added to the system in the last month.

Due to the drought conditions, this plant and our other facilities have been operating at levels never seen before. 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. 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.

Summer 2012

  • Carmel mayor asks residents to conserve water in case Indianapolis needs assistance
  • Indy watering ban begins, but there are exceptions "..gardeners stopped caring about whether the grass was greener on the other side a while ago — now it’s all about keeping plants and trees alive."
  • Noblesville declares water emergency -  "While many of us take pride in our lawns, it turns out turning off those sprinklers may not be as big a deal as you might think. Purdue Extension Agent John Mayer says looks can be deceiving when it comes to that lawn turning shades of brown."I think people will be surprised they can still have a nice lawn with a little less water," he said. "When the lawn turns brown that does not mean it is dead." Mayer says the lawn can go four weeks without water and survive."
  • Water restrictions in Noblesville impose mandatory alternate day outdoor watering during the week and no watering Friday through Sunday.
  • Water restrictions spread to Fishers and  Brownsburg Mid-day on Sunday, July 15, Morse Reservoir was down 5.67 feet, Geist Reservoir was down almost two feet, and Eagle Creek Reservoir was down just over two feet from normal pool level.
  • Extreme drought spreads in Indiana. Almost all of Indiana is expiencing some level of drought.
  • USDA reports corn in 18 states hurt by drought. 61 percent of Indiana's corn is now rated poor or very poor, Nationwide, the amount of corn rated good to excellent also is dropping. Soybean crops are also stressed in the region. Corn and soybean prices surged.
  • Drought stirs anxiety in farm country. "Rainfall across parts of the Midwest is well below average, giving little relief to already parched soil that saw little moisture over the mild, virtually snow-free winter. April, May and June are among the warmest months on record, with little cooling air in sight. Parts of southern Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana are under “extreme” drought conditions...Corn is curling and too short. Soybeans are struggling to emerge. Dairy cows aren’t producing milk because it’s too hot to eat. Cattle are being sold off in record numbers because their owners can’t afford, or find, hay or pasture."
  • Drought: 55 counties declared disaster areas.  "As the nation’s fifth-largest corn producer, Indiana will suffer significantly from the drought, possibly losing as much as $1 billion this year, Purdue University agricultural economist Chis Hurt estimated."
  • Ethanol plant suspends production; drought a factor.