Financial Needs for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Indiana

Services: Survey analysis, Data analysis, Economic impact analysis

Research Areas: Tax & Finance, Land Use & Environment

Financial Needs for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Indiana assesses the infrastructure needs of wastewater and drinking water in Indiana. The new study, sponsored by the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (IACIR) and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), estimates that the 20-year funding gap for Indiana wastewater and drinking water infrastructure to be between $6.5 billion and $8.5 billion.

The report defines needs as the costs of investments required for capital projects to rehabilitate or improve infrastructure to meet current service or regulatory requirements. Twenty-year needs (2015–2034) are estimated for:

  • Correction of combined sewer overflows;
  • Wastewater conveyance and treatment;
  • Remediation of failing septic systems;
  • Stormwater conveyance and management;
  • And drinking water production, treatment, and distribution.

The estimates are based on self-reporting, surveys, engineering models, and other data depending on the type of infrastructure. A range of estimates is presented to account for the uncertainty associated with methodologies developed in the absence of complete site-specific data.

The Indiana Association of Regional Councils provided research assistance. The Indiana Finance Authority State Revolving Loan Programs (SRF), U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development – Indiana (USDA RD), ACEC Indiana Funding Sources Committee, and the Indiana Rural Wastewater Task Force provided additional assistance and important feedback during the effort.

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