Indy’s Deep Rock Tunnel Project Progressing

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | August 2012, Vol. 67 No. 8

Currently, approximately 50 workers are on site.

Long-term plan
The Deep Rock Tunnel Connector, scheduled for completion in 2017, will transport wastewater from four other connector tunnels to be built and fully operable by 2025.

The tunnel system is a component of a 20-year, long-term plan to reduce raw sewage overflows mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Morgan said Citizens Water has incorporated sustainable concepts into the design of the Deep Rock Tunnel Connector, including the elimination of one of two previously planned pumping stations, saving ratepayers millions of dollars in up-front capital costs and long-term operating costs; improving energy efficiency of operations for long-term reduced environmental impacts; and limiting disruptions of utilities which results in additional savings.

Citizens provides water, wastewater, natural gas, steam and chilled water service to more than 300,000 households and businesses in the Indianapolis area. Citizens is a not-for-profit public charitable trust that has served Indianapolis for nearly 125 years. Last year, Citizens acquired the water and wastewater of utilities of the city of Indianapolis in a $1.9 billion transaction. As part of the transition, most employees of the city utility department and contract operators of water and sewer services became employees of Citizens Water.

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