Clean Water IS Essential

While many of us have modified our behavior to adapt to Social Distancing and Stay-At-Home Orders, Indiana’s dedicated Utility Staff remain committed to providing clean drinking water and sanitation. Times like these remind us of the importance of our utilities and those that represent them. Thank you from all of us at Commonwealth. We remain […]

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OCRA Announces COVID-19 Immediate Response Program 

OCRA Announces COVID-19 Immediate Response Program  The Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) has released a Program Update to their Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Allocation Plan to provide funding for COVID-19 specific projects to assist communities during this time. Funding for Programs will be up to $250,000 per community for eligible activities.  Immediate […]

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Attend Indiana Finance Authority Planning Meeting

Something to add to your 2020 To-Do List As a result of the 2018 and 2019 legislative sessions, there have been several new requirements placed upon water and wastewater utilities.  These include Asset Management Program development and the completion of Water Loss Audit/Validations.  Did you know it is required for water and wastewater utilities to […]

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Commonwealth Engineers announces the promotion of Theresa Criss-Hartwig and Drew Flamion to Partner

Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. (Commonwealth) announces the promotion of two staff members to Partner. Commonwealth Partners have a vested interest in helping employees grow with our company and working with Indiana communities with their water resource needs and long-term goals.   Theresa Criss-Hartwig joined Commonwealth Engineers in 2009 and served as a Business Development Manager. Theresa is […]

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A letter from Commonwealth Engineers on COVID-19

Dear valued clients and partners,  I am reaching out to confirm our strong commitment to you during the ongoing coronavirus situation. With today’s Directive For Hoosiers To Stay At Home from the Governor, Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. will continue to operate during normal business hours through our ‘work from home’ program. You can reach us through […]

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Environmental Compliance Reminders

Annual Pretreatment Report Due to IDEM April 1st Your Community’s Industrial Pretreatment Program’s Annual Report is due by April 1, 2020. If your community is classified as a Non-Delegated Pretreatment Program, your Annual Report must be submitted to IDEM’s Office of Water Quality (OWQ). If your community is designated as a Delegated Pretreatment Program, your […]

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An Open Letter From An Operator

Hello everyone, my name is Jeffrey Fish. I recently accepted the first “Operations Specialist” position created by Commonwealth Engineers. Commonwealth established this position to provide operator assistance and better collaboration from an operator’s perspective on projects, thereby improving long-term operational success. Operators have an influential voice, and Commonwealth is making sure we have a seat […]

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Water and Wastewater Workforce – the Impending Challenge Part 5 – With Challenge Comes Opportunity for Improvement!

Given the impending challenge and historical benefits of long-term broad concept partnerships between municipalities and their engineering consultant, Commonwealth has decided to expand our service offerings to include Operations Assistance. Commonwealth’s intention for offering this service is to reduce the cost of operating and maintaining water and wastewater utilities, trouble-shoot and resolve more complex operational […]

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Water and Wastewater Workforce – the Impending Challenge Part 4 – The Consulting Engineer & Contract Operator; a Historical Disconnect.

Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. (Commonwealth) has been providing water resource planning, design, construction administration, inspection, and regulatory compliance services for communities throughout the State of Indiana for over 45-years. Over this time, we have serviced many Indiana municipalities (large and small). Commonwealth has long-standing and on-going relationships with many of our partner municipalities. But, far too […]

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Water and Wastewater Workforce – the Impending Challenge Part 3 – Why is Having an Experienced and Diligent Water & Wastewater Operator So Important?

EPA authorizes most states to have primary enforcement responsibility “Primacy” for the Safe Drinking Water Act and authorizes most states to operate their own clean water discharge permitting program.  Per EPA regulations, states are to have inspection programs for these utilities.  Of the two-hundred-eighty-four (284) Community Drinking Water System inspections recently completed in the State […]

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