Indianapolis Shifts Utility Ownership, Ops To Charitable Trust

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | October 2010 Vol. 65 No. 10

The city and Citizens will work together to ensure employees of the Department of Public Works and Department of Waterworks will remain employed either with the city or Citizens.

Prior to the city council vote on the utility transfer, the city administration and Citizens Energy Group focused on transparency to ensure the public was informed and educated on all aspects of the proposed change in utility ownership. The mayor’s office and Citizens Energy Group representatives held more than 60 public forums with various groups to explain provisions and benefits of the proposed change.

The utility transfer has received widespread community support from the Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Business Journal and organizations including the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.

The city/county water and sanitary sewer infrastructure covers approximately 320 square miles while also providing services on a wholesale basis to the cities of Beech Grove, Lawrence and Greenwood, the Ben Davis Conservancy District and three outside-the-county development areas.

Since 2002, the Indianapolis Department of Waterworks has provided drinking water to nearly one million people in central Indiana. Through a public-private partnership, Veolie Water has managed day-to-day operations of the water system.