Growing Indianapolis population will require additional 275 million gallons of water every day

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Mounds Lake Reservoir courtesy of The Herald Bulletin

INDIANAPOLIS (November 7, 2015) — The utility that provides much of the Indianapolis metropolitan area’s drinking water says it will take another 275 million gallons of water every day to satisfy the heavily populated region’s thirst a century from now.

Citizens Energy Group vice president Jeff Williams told a legislative panel recently the projected daily water needs are based on a half-percent growth rate per year in water usage.

The Herald Bulletin reports Williams says the utility could get that water by drawing more from the White River and Fall Creek south of Indianapolis, tapping into the Ohio River with a pipeline or getting it from a new reservoir.

Williams says building a new reservoir, including the proposed Anderson-area Mounds Lake Reservoir, ranks as the least cost-effective of those three ideas.