WELLHEAD PROTECTION PROGRAM

Wellhead Protection (WHP) is a program focused on protecting drinking water from potential contamination.  Protection of groundwater (i.e., aquifers) is critical as it supplies drinking water to the majority of Indiana residents.  It is also important to understand that a sound pollution prevention strategy is far more effective and less expensive than remediating or replacing a contaminated water source.  Public support depends on public awareness, so citizens need to know that many routine activities can affect water quality.  Through cooperation between the citizens in the community, local businesses and the Water Department, a collective approach will lead to a dependable water supply for current and future generations.

 

To help protect the groundwater and our water supply wells from potential contamination, the Town is currently implementing a WHP Plan.  The WHP Plan focuses on public awareness, education, spill prevention and reporting.  For your reference, a complete copy of North Manchester’s WHP Plan is available at the Town Hall located at 101 East Main Street in North Manchester, IN.  For more information or to join the local planning team and assist with the implementation of the WHP Plan, contact Ryan Shock, Water Department Superintendent, at 260-982-2993.  Refer to the WHP Plan brochure, Protecting Your Drinking Water: Wellhead Protection for more information.

 

 

ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

 

The Annual Drinking Water Quality Report is provided to Water Department customers each year and is designed to keep customers informed about the Water Department and the quality of the drinking water over the previous year.  The North Manchester Water Department’s goal is to provide the community with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water.  The most recent Annual Drinking Water Quality Report is available at Town Hall or on the Water Department’s webpage under Topics of Interest.

 

 

HOUSEHOLD TIPS FOR PROTECTION OUR DRINKING WATER SUPPLY

 

  • Learn about groundwater and your water source.
  • Participate in watershed clean-up activities.
  • Reduce the amount of fertilizers, pesticides, or other hazardous chemicals that you use. Buy only what you need so that you don't have to dispose of leftovers. Read all the labels and follow directions.
  • Plug abandoned wells on your property as these old wells provide a direct route for surface contamination to reach ground water supplies. Contact a licensed well driller for assistance.
  • If you have a septic system, have it inspected and serviced every three years.
  • Implement best management practices at your farm for pesticides, fertilizers, fuels and oils.
  • Check your car, boat, motorcycle and other machinery for leaks and spills. Collect leaks with a drip pan until repairs can be made.  Clean up spills by absorbing the spill.  Do not rinse with water or allow it to soak into the ground.
  • Reduce the use of products that contain any of the following words on their labels: caution, warning, danger, poison, flammable, volatile, caustic or corrosive.
  • Recycle used oil, automotive fluids, batteries, household hazardous wastes and other products. Do not dispose of hazardous products in toilets, storm drains, wastewater systems, creeks, alleys or the ground. These actions pollute the water supply. Refer to the Wabash County Solid Waste Management District website for contacts and recycling information.

 

 

 

PRIVATE SEPTIC SYSTEMS

 

As a part of the WHP Program, septic systems within the WHP area were identified.  Leachate from an improperly maintained septic system has the potential to directly affect groundwater used for our public water supply.  Refer to the Homeowners Guide Septic System brochure for Information regarding the proper functioning and maintenance of your septic system.  Additional permitting information on septic systems is provided by the Wabash County Health Department.

 

 

ABANDONED, ACTIVE AND INACTIVE WATER WELLS

 

The Town of North Manchester is attempting to identify active, inactive and abandoned wells within the WHP area.  Damaged wells can become a direct conduit for surface contamination to reach the underlying aquifer.  We ask for your assistance in identifying abandoned or inactive wells on your property.  Please contact the North Manchester Water Department with relevant information.

 

Water wells are abandoned if the original purpose and use of the well has been discontinued for more than 5 years or if the well is in a state of disrepair.  If the well was abandoned after January 1, 1988, a licensed water well driller must be used to plug the well.  The licensed driller will complete a record of the abandonment and submit it to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).  If a well was abandoned prior to 1988, refer to the Plugging & Sealing Abandoned Water Wells brochure provided by the IDNR.

 

We believe that an effective program of pollution prevention is everyone’s responsibility.  By assisting us in this endeavor, you help ensure that the citizens of North Manchester and surrounding communities will have a safe water supply now and in the future.  If you have any questions or concerns or desire additional information on WHP, please contact Ryan Shock at (260) 982-2993.

 

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