Commonwealth’s New Operations Assistance Program

“We can design the perfect plant, the perfect facility, and without adequately trained operators it would end up failing.” – Al Stong, P.E., President Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. If you are interested or want more information on our Operations Assistance program, please contact Theresa Criss-Hartwig.

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Reminder – Complete the IFA Stormwater Survey by January 15, 2021!

Reminder – Complete the IFA Stormwater Survey by January 15, 2021! On December 11, 2020, the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) notified municipalities of the opportunity to participate in a stormwater survey to assess Indiana stormwater management budgeting, planning best practices, and stormwater infrastructure needs.  This initiative is based on the 2019 Indiana Stormwater Task Force […]

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MS4 General Permit Now on Public Notice

On November 25, 2020, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) issued a Public Notice for the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit.  Once this permit becomes effective in 2021, Indiana MS4 entities will need to begin implementing changes to demonstrate compliance with the new General Permit. Interested parties can submit comments or […]

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IFA Regional Planning Meetings

The 2019 Indiana General Assembly enacted Senate Enrolled Act 4 (SEA 4), requiring the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) to conduct regional planning meetings throughout the State of Indiana 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 […]

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Town of Westport Water Project Groundbreaking

On October 27, 2020, The Town of Westport, Indiana, broke ground on a major improvement project for their Drinking Water Utility.  Those in attendance included Michael Dora, the Indiana State Director for USDA Rural Development, Westport Town officials, Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission staff, Thieneman Construction, and Commonwealth Engineers. The utility’s current infrastructure has reached […]

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Town of Chrisney Receives OCRA Funding

On Friday, October 16th, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch visited the Town of Chrisney to present a $700,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) for their water supply and distribution improvements project. This project includes the installation of a new disinfectant residual analyzer, upgrades to 8,800 linear feet of water main, […]

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City of Shelbyville Receives OCRA Funding

On Thursday, October 15th, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch visited the City of Shelbyville to present the City a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). The grant will partially fund improvements to the City’s Meridian Park Detention Basin which consists of a dual relief sewer diversion to temporarily store excess stormwater […]

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Princeton Wastewater Improvements Groundbreaking

On Wednesday, September 30th, the City of Princeton celebrated the groundbreaking of their Wastewater Improvements Project.  The groundbreaking was a light at the end of a four-year tunnel for Princeton that included finding the right engineer, funding, and contractor for the job. When Toyota Motor Manufacturing constructed a new automobile production plant in Princeton over […]

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MS4 and Construction Stormwater General Permits Move Forward

On September 9, 2020, the Indiana Environmental Rules Board conducted the second public hearing to adopt the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) and Construction Stormwater General Permits. These permits are currently issued via permit by rule; however, IDEM is transitioning to the General Permit process due to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements.   Commonwealth […]

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