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Indiana Department of Environmental Management

IDEM > Your Environment > Source Water Protection - Drinking Water > Source Water Featured Communities > Source Water Featured Communities: Carmel Source Water Featured Communities: Carmel

The City of Carmel depends entirely on its ground water resources for their water supply which serves approximately 44,000 people in Hamilton County. Due to the heavy demand on these resources, water conservation has been the emphasis of their education programs. They declared July Smart Irrigation month and sent out notices in their monthly water bills. One of their brochures points out that “Your sidewalk won’t grow if you water it!” Conservation and wellhead protection are emphasized at their annual Safety Fair using the Enviroscape model available at IDEM modified with an aquarium pump for continuous operation.

Household hazardous wastes and recyclables are handled at a permanent facility and city wide trash service is being proposed to ensure curb side pick up for every resident within the city limits. Policing for dump sites and cleaning them up has been a priority this past fall, identifying at least one site along River Rd that could have jeopardized their well field.

Staff participated in a table top exercise on emergency response in October 2009 and has updated their contingency plan. Staff have also long been active in Hamilton County’s Wellhead Protection Committee which meets quarterly. This committee includes eight other ground water users along with several County agencies. Carmel also has their own Local Planning Team, with 12 members representing every department in the city. Based upon their accomplishments we welcomed them into our Hoosier Water Guardian Community in January 2010.