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Yes, information about the Regional Utility District formation and the sewer and water projects is available here: www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/hcrud.
The District Board will initially consist of the three Hamilton County Commissioners. In the future if the District expands or changes, the Commissioners may appoint other individuals to serve on the Board.
The County wishes to make the sewer and water service available for customers to connect to improve the waterways and enhance public health. Connection to water is voluntary and is at the homeowner’s request. For homeowners with properly functioning septic systems, Indiana Code 13-26 allows for an exemption of up to 20 years for homeowners before the District may require them to connect to sewers. However, the Commissioners intend this to be the homeowner’s decision, and as the District Board they plan to grant the homeowner the option of replacing their septic system or connecting to the public sewers, regardless of when that might happen in the future.
The Indiana Code can be found here: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/laws/2022/ic/titles/013#13-26-5-2.5.
Based on a consumption of 4,000 gallons/month, the preliminary monthly rates will be approximately $97/month - $36.51 for water and $60.55 for sewer. These are estimated at this time and will be finalized after construction begins and the total costs are known.
Connection fees are the costs associated with physically connecting to the sewer or water main, while capacity fees are fees associated with providing capacity in the wastewater plant or water facilities for each customer. The homeowner will be responsible for any plumbing and pipe required within their property, plus abandoning their septic system in accordance with County Health Department guidelines.
The connection and capacity fees for the District will be waived if a homeowner connects to the sanitary sewer or water main within 6 months of service being available.
If the homeowner elects to connect in the future, the connection fees are anticipated to be approximately $1,000 to $2,000 and the capacity fees are anticipated to be approximately $4,000 to $6,000 for water and sewer combined.
Yes, private wells are the property of the homeowner. Maintenance of private wells is completely up to the homeowner for whatever purpose they desire. If the homeowner wishes to connect to the District’s water system, they will be required to disconnect their well from their home plumbing to eliminate any potential for cross connection with the public water system, but may keep their well for irrigation or other uses.
The wastewater treatment plant and water tower are both planned for a piece of property approximately 2,000 feet north of 236th Street, immediately west of U.S. 31. Please see the District information on the website listed above for images of the site.