2021 Fall Conference Recap
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September 2022 InfoLine

September 2022 InfoLine

September edition of the Alliance monthly membership newsletter! 

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August 2022 InfoLine

August edition of the Alliance monthly membership newsletter! 

July 2022 InfoLine

July 2022 InfoLine

July edition of the Alliance monthly membership newsletter! 

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June 2022 InfoLine

June edition of the Alliance monthly membership newsletter! 

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May 2022 InfoLine

May edition of the Alliance monthly membership newsletter! 

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April 2022 InfoLine

April edition of the Alliance monthly membership newsletter! 

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March 2022 InfoLine

March edition of the Alliance monthly membership newsletter! 

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January 2022 InfoLine

January edition of the Alliance monthly membership newsletter! 

Ben Davis Conservancy District - WWTP Updates

Ben Davis Conservancy District - WWTP Updates

Letter from BDCD

For additional information, please visit: Ben Davis Conservancy District – Reliable and Affordable Sanitary Sewer Service (bdconservancy.com)

 

Citizens Energy Group issued a letter to freeholders throughout the Ben Davis Conservancy District. The district was established in 1958 with the Indiana Conservancy Act to provide sewer service to our community. However, the Conservancy only pipes sewage from properties to a treatment plant owned and operated by Citizens Energy Group.

Citizens Energy Group has raised its rates in recent years with a projected increase of 900% from 2017 to 2025. So when the Conservancy announced that it would build a treatment plant to save money, Citizens responded with a $10 million offer to acquire the Conservancy––amounting to a few thousand dollars per property owner.

The acquisition would cost residents more throughout the years, particularly elderly residents with fixed incomes and low-wage families, as Citizens Energy Group would recover its $10 million investment through rate increases for residents. This is not without evidence. For example, Citizens acquired the sewer system in Westfield as a for-profit company and attempted to raise rates by 25%.

Residents of the Ben Davis community are apprehensive about the offer. In a recent online survey, residents overwhelmingly supported construction 13 to 1. Further, MSD Wayne Township Schools and multiple organizations throughout the community have committed their support, including the Indiana Rural Water Alliance.

The Ben Davis Conservancy District advocates for a treatment plant, promising to control costs for residents. The proposed facility is a 4.0 MGD extended aeration treatment plant with an aerobic sludge digestion process.

Aerobic sludge digestion is a non-chemical process and uses oxygen for treatment. No noxious odors are produced as a result, such as methane or hydrogen sulfide. The plant will discharge into the Neeld Ditch with stringent effluent limits as determined by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).

Take Their Survey

They want to know what you think. Should the Ben Davis Conservancy District construct a treatment plant? Use this link to complete the survey: Survey – Ben Davis Conservancy District (bdconservancy.com)

2022 Leadership Summit Recap

2022 Leadership Summit Recap

Monroe County Convention Center - Bloomington, IN

This year's Leadership Summit was on July 27 & 28 in beautiful Bloomington, Indiana.

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2021 Fall Conference Recap

2021 Fall Conference Recap

Grand Wayne Convention Center - Fort Wayne, Ind.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Thanks to you, we were back to "normal"  with over 430 people in attendance! Thank you to everyone who participated in the conference at the Grand Wayne Convention Center.
On Tuesday evening, we welcomed everyone with dinner and drinks; it was a great time to mingle, get the "lay of the land" and ready for the conference!

Attendees arrived Wednesday morning to coffee, donuts and a welcome ceremony before going off to their preferred track of classes - administrative, water or wastewater.  Wednesday's luncheon featured the Best Tasting Water in Indiana contest.  Auburn Water Department was crowned the tastiest in the state and will move on to compete in the Great American Water Taste Test in Washington, DC next year at the National Rural Water Association's Rural Water Rally.  After classroom sessions concluded for the day, the exhibitor reception kicked off with food, drinks, and the musical stylings of our own Wastewater Circuit Rider, Lorean Johnston!  Then, as if that wasn't enough, we ended the evening with a hospitality event in the hotel lobby!  It was a great time to wind down from a full day of classes while mingling with peers and friends. 

Thursday, everyone woke up to a delicious hot breakfast buffet before starting in on another day of classes. But first, our Annual Membership Meeting included the election of three board members. Brad Colter - At-Large, Tim Doersam District 3, and Pattie Campbell - District 4, all were elected for 3-year terms beginning in 2022

 

The Sportsman's Raffle was a hit once again, and this year's Grand Prize Winner was Angela Wirth from Ben Davis Conservancy District, who walked away with $1,500 cash! Brandy Lampkins from Fort Wayne claimed the shotgun for her own! 

Thank you to all our attendees, speakers, vendors, and sponsors for helping make this another fantastic event!

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