Citizens Energy to spend $114M on water system improvements

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Citizens Energy plans to spend nearly $114 million to improve the water system in Indianapolis. That's after the state approved a rate increase that will cost you a little less than a dollar a month.

Citizens says it wants to reduce water main breaks, improve treatment plants, and expand the water supply.

Some of the current water pipes are over a hundred years old. Citizens says it has to fix about 700 water main breaks a year.

The company says it's already invested $95 million on system reliability, water quality, and water treatment technology, but President and CEO Carey Lykins says much work still needs to be done to modernize the aging infrastructure.

"The water distribution system, some of which is more than 100 years old, continues to be plagued by main breaks that not only waste water, but also destroy roads and interrupt service to tens of thousands of customers," said Lykins. "The investments we will make over the next two years will reduce waste, improve reliability and create or support hundreds of construction jobs."

Among the projects to be completed over the next two years are a new ground water treatment plant near Morse Reservoir; stabilization of the banks of the historic Central Canal; a booster station to improve water pressure on the northwest side; and several large water main replacement projects.