Utility SCADA Systems Cybersecurity

You may have read the recent headlines about the Oldsmar Florida Water Treatment Facilities control system being hacked. Chemical feed rates for sodium hydroxide (the ingredient commonly found in drain cleaner) was increased from 100 ppm to 11,200 ppm. If not for the plant manager’s prompt reaction, those headlines would likely also include a report […]

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2021 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, 2021. 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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Last IFA Regional Planning Meeting Prior to March 1 Deadline

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 these utilities to report participation in the planning meetings. The deadline […]

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Unsubmitted Water Loss Audits

Roughly 30% of Indiana’s water utilities did not submit their required 2019 Water Loss Audit and Validation report by the January 1, 2021 deadline, as required in Senate Enrolled Act 4 (“SEA 4”).  Without a submitted Water Loss Audit, your utility may be at risk of losing utility improvement financing capabilities through the Indiana Finance […]

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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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