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Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) are one of the most common potential sources of contamination in a Wellhead Protection Area (WHPA). Below are just a few suggestions from IDEM's Groundwater Section as a way to manage these potential sources.

  • Educate the UST owner/operator about their location within a WHPA.
  • Encourage employee training on spill reporting.
  • Suggest that they contact the Public Water Supply Operator in the event of a spill or a leak and provide them with appropriate contact information.
  • Search the IDEM Leaking UST website to see if you have or had a leaking UST in your WHPA; or contact the IDEM Leaking UST section directly:
    • Download site specific Leaking UST site information. You can download a file and sort through by county to find out if there are Leaking USTs in the WHPA.
    • Contact the IDEM Office of Land Quality: Leaking UST Section directly and give them the location information.
  • If there are facilities within your WHPA, find out if the facility has been inspected recently.
  • Keep in Mind: Within a 1-year time of travel to a community public water supply well, Indiana Administrative Code (329 IAC 9) requires that new UST construction must be constructed with secondary containment, including both the tanks and the piping.
  • For additional information about USTs: About Underground Storage Tanks and Their Related Contaminants.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Water Quality Groundwater Section for assistance.

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