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Regional Planning Meetings

 

In 2018, the State convened the Water Infrastructure Task Force (“Task Force”) to study drinking water and wastewater utility needs and best practices in Indiana. One recommendation of the Task Force was for the State to assist utilities with long term planning by establishing Water Infrastructure Study Areas for the purpose of studying supply and demand, drought preparedness, infrastructure needs, and opportunities for utility collaboration within a region.

As a result of these recommendations, the 2019 Indiana General Assembly enacted Senate Enrolled Act 4(“SEA 4”) requiring the IFA to conduct regional meetings throughout the state to enable drinking water and wastewater utilities to work together to address long term needs. SEA 4 also requires drinking water and wastewater utilities to report their participation in the meetings to the IFA. The IFA would like be a resource to utilities in satisfying this new requirement. This letter serves to notify you of these new obligations and the IFA resources available for assisting utilities in meeting them.

 

Starting in 2020, the IFA will host annual, regional meetings throughout the state for the purpose of regional, long-term planning. During these meetings, drinking water and wastewater utilities and other interested parties can, for example, identify regional drinking water and wastewater priorities, discuss topics of regional interest, and investigate avenues of possible collaboration. For the purpose of these meetings, “regional, long-term planning” is defined as a group of localized utilities working together to describe and address future needs. The IFA’s goal in conducting these meetings is to help organize utility-led planning groups that focus on regional, long-term issues.

Many utilities are already participating in regional planning via formal or informal arrangements. If your utility already participates in a utility-led, regional planning group, please let us know. We do not want to “recreate the wheel”; rather we would like to partner with you and help bolster your efforts. Your utility can meet the SEA 4 requirement if the IFA participates in an existing utility-led regional planning meeting that your utility attends.

The legislation requires utilities to report on their participation in the IFA regional planning meetings by March 1, 2021, and every March 1 of each odd-numbered year after 2021. Utilities may participate in any IFA regional planning meeting held during 2020 to meet the 2021 reporting requirement. Every IFA regional planning meeting will include time for utilities to report on participation while at the meeting. Please note: participation in an IFA regional planning meeting is required in order to qualify for assistance from the State Revolving Fund (“SRF”) Loan Program. 

Not all 2020 meeting dates have been established. The known dates are:

DATE

HOST

LOCATION

January 29 2020; 10:15 am

Held in conjunction with the Indiana AWWA’s Annual Conference

Indianapolis, IN

February 21, 2020; 9:00-11:00 am; sign-in starts at

8:30 am

Held in conjunction with a meeting of the Southern Indiana Water Professionals Association (registration is not required)

Clark County REMC, 7810 IN-60 #1859, Sellersburg, IN 47172

March 2020

Held in conjunction with the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water’s Spring Conference

French Lick, IN

April 2020

Held in conjunction with the Indiana Rural Water Association’s Spring Conference

Indianapolis, IN

July 2020

Held in conjunction with the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water’s Leadership Summit

Bloomington, IN

August 2020

Held in conjunction with the Indiana Water Environment Association’s Annual Conference

Fort Wayne, IN

October 2020

Held in conjunction with the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water’s Fall Conference

Fort Wayne, IN

December 2020

Held in conjunction with the Indiana Rural Water Association’s Water Institute

French Lick, IN

Attendees will be eligible for CEUs.  At some meetings there will be no cost to attend. Other meetings may be held in conjunction with an existing conference that does require registration and payment to attend.

Documents and Links

2018 Water Infrastructure Task Force Final Report, November 2018 

IFA Regional Planning Meetings Kick-off Letter to Utilities, December 6, 2019 

January 29, 2020 IFA Regional Planning Meeting Agenda 

February 21, 2020, IFA Regional Planning Meeting Agenda 

Contacts
Sarah Hudson
Director, Water Resources and Infrastructure Planning Program
317-232-2812
sahudson@ifa.in.gov

Media inquiries call:
Stephanie McFarland
317-602-1546
stephanie@mcfarlandpr.com

Program Mailing Address:
100 North Senate Avenue, Rm. 1275
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-234-1338 (fax)
http://www.in.gov/ifa