Carmel Cited as Leader in Urban Growth


June 2013 - Carmel, Indiana was included in a Ford Motors study on the fastest growing trends to look for in 2013. The report titled, Looking Further with Ford: 13 Trends for 2013, stated trend number eight as “The Rise of the Intima-City” and highlighted Carmel on its revitalization of “Old Town.” Better Cities & Towns, a publication that is dedicated to covering smart growth and New Urbanism, also focused on Carmel’s redevelopment and association to the Ford Study in their January/February edition.

Ford found during the study that for the first time in the century, America’s cities are growing at a faster rate than their surrounding suburbs. Consumers are leaving behind the quiet suburban lifestyle for more diversity, opportunity, and culture in the cities. The Intima-City is being created in the larger cities to pull in that small town feel to create intimacy in the big spaces. The suburbs are competing with this new trend by building their own urban town squares to create the feeling of being in a downtown.

Carmel was cited as being a leader of this urban growth with the re-construction of Main Street into the Arts & Design District. Ford went on to state that, “The mayor’s plan is paying off: In 2012, Money magazine ranked Carmel the No. 1 best place to live.”


Recycling Program Offered to Businesses

June 2013 - The City of Carmel encourages its residents and businesses to recycle whenever possible.  Therefore, the City along with Republic Services is pleased to offer the City trash & recycling program to area businesses and organizations as a way to increase the level of recycling within the City as well as save the organizations money.

This recycling program features:

  • Biweekly curbside recycling if desired (one or two 96 gallon carts)
  • Weekly trash service if desired (one or two 96 gallon carts)
  • Note: Maximum of three carts, two of any type.
  • Low monthly fee of $9.09 for 2013 service included with your Carmel Utilities bill.
  • If you do not receive a Carmel Utilities bill one will be generated for you for trash/recycling service.
  • Features are identical to the residential program including service day.


  • Business/organization must be located within the City limits of Carmel.
  • Site visit for pick-up logistics and pre-approval by Republic Services is required.
  • Businesses in leased space must obtain prior approval from their landlord regarding cart storage and street curbside pick-up. Neither the City of Carmel Utilities nor Republic Services will be involved in these arrangements.
Encouraging Recycling
Participating in the trash portion of this program is not required.  Carmel Utilities recognizes that many businesses have trash needs greater than what the program provides yet would like the convenience of biweekly curbside recycling via 96 gallon carts.   You may keep your current trash arrangements and utilize the city service for just for recycling.

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Environmental Excellence Presented to CTRWD

The  2012  Governor’s Award for Environmental  Excellence for Greening the Environment was presented to Clay Township Regional Waste District (CTRWD) on October 4, 2012. IDEM Commissioner Thomas Easterly presented the award during the 20th Annual Conference of the Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts in Plainfield, Indiana. CTRWD has worked to become a leading environmental steward in the sewer business through the launch of several environmental programs and initiatives. These initiatives include the creation of a wildlife friendly habitat at its wastewater treatment plant,  an  extensive outreach  program  for the prevention of fat, oil and grease (FOG), moving to a paperless system in its accounting and collections department, and purchasing high-efficient equipment well above national standards.

CTRWD partnered with the Indiana Wildlife Federation in 2010 to plant 17 acres of native Indiana prairie grass, flowers, trees and plants at the wastewater treatment plant to become the only Level 3 Certified Ecosystem Steward treatment plant in Indiana. CTRWD’s goal is to promote the preservation, enhancement, and restoration of wildlife habitats, especially in urban and suburban areas of Carmel and Zionsville, Indiana.

CTRWD created the Fat, Oils and Grease (FOG) Outreach Division to reduce the harmful effects of fats, oils and grease on the sewer system and the environment. To facilitate this effort, CTRWD attends  area festivals, distributes  free grease prevention promotions, includes  informational inserts in the monthly billing statement, conducts school presentations and offers plant tours.

The use of natural resources has been reduced through the e-bill program, paperless accounting software, paperless payroll, and a company-wide recycling program. CTRWD has committed to plant a tree for every 100 customers that enroll in the e-bill program.

CTRWD has reduced energy consumption by upgrading the air conditioning unit, furnace, water heater, and lighting with  equipment that is  well above the national standards for energy efficiency. The  lighting at the  wastewater treatment plant was upgraded environmentally friendly LED lighting which contains no mercury. They  produce more lumens per watt, create substantial energy savings, and require no maintenance.

Since its creation in 1975, CTRWD’s purpose has been to provide effective and efficient sanitary sewer service to their customer base and provide a solid infrastructure for environmentally sound development.  By instituting many environmentally sound principles and using technology to reduce their environmental footprint, CTRWD has worked to become a leading  environmental steward in the sewer business.

Source: Clay Township Regional Waste District
Posted: November 2012

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.
Ball State's geothermal system goes live!

Ball State officially dedicated the first phase of its new geothermal system - the nation's largest ground source heating and cooling system.

The geothermal system will extract heat from the ground during the winter and put heat into the ground during the summer to help heat and cool buildings on campus..

When fully operational, the new system will save the university $2 million in annual operating costs, and facilitate the shut down its coal-fired boilers that burn 36,000 tons of coal a year, emitting 85,000 tons a year of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.  This investment in clean energy will reduce the university's carbon footprint by about half.

Way to go, Ball State!!  The geothermal project has received kudos from U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, the Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter and students from Indiana and Purdue universities.



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