WELLFIELD PROTECTION PROGRAM

Do you know that less than 1% of the earth’s water is fresh water, and only about one-third of this 1% is available for human use?  That means that only one-third of one percent of ALL the worlds water is available for drinking water, and most of this water is contaminated in some way.

A majority of Marion County’s drinking water comes from surface water like rivers, lakes, and streams.  However, a considerable amount of freshwater is in the ground in the form of groundwater.  Approximately 30% of Marion County’s drinking water comes from groundwater supplies.  That means a third of all our drinking water is below ground, and comes to us via groundwater wells.

In order to protect this precious resource the Marion County Public Health Department Hazardous Materials Team conducts inspections of regulated businesses within Marion County’s seven Wellfield Protection Zoning Districts.  These inspections are intended to protect our groundwater from contamination, which will allow us to continue to use this very scarce resource.  The purpose of our inspection program is to ensure regulated facilities are complying with the Marion County Wellfield Protection Zoning Ordinance.  The ordinance was established in the mid-1990s to ensure groundwater within Marion County does not become contaminated.  Staff members work directly with facilities to ensure compliance, and to encourage best business practices for facilities located within the Wellfield Protection Area.

Inspection frequency is determined using several site specific factors including types and amounts of chemicals stored at a location, facility history including past spills, and previous inspection history.

 

THE HEALTH AND HOSPITAL CODE

Health and Hospital Code: Chapter 19 Non Residential Premises Ordinance

Health and Hospital Code: Chapter 20 Hazardous Materials Ordinance

Health and Hospital Code: Chapter 13 Wellfield Protection Standards

 

REVISED CODE of the Consolidated City and County INDIANAPOLIS/MARION, INDIANA

Wellfield Protection Ordinance of Marion County

 

EDUCATION

Marion County Wellfield Education Corporation

Good Business Practices for Wellfield Protection (9/2001)

Wellfield Ordinance Guidebook for Marion County Businesses 

Guia de Ordenanza de los Campos de Pozos para la Sempresas del Condado de Marion

Maintenance Shop Dry Cleaner Guidance (English/Spanish)

 

TEMPLATES

Emergency Response Spill Prevention Plan: pdf  Word

In Spanish: pdf  Word

Employee Training Emergency Response Plan: pdf  Word

In Spanish: pdf  Word

Employee Training Spill Kit: pdf  Word

In Spanish: pdf  Word

Potential Groundwater Contaminants and Waste Inventory: pdf  Word

In Spanish: pdf  Word

Notification to Suppliers and Waste: pdf  Word

In Spanish: pdf  Word

Special Requirements Notice Agreement: pdf  Word

In Spanish: pdf  Word

Roster of Occupants: pdf  Word

In Spanish: pdf  Word

Notification of Change of Ownership or Operation: pdf  Word

In Spanish: pdf  Word

Notification of Change of Occupant or Operation: pdf  Word

In Spanish: pdf  Word

 

SIGNS

Notification Sign: pdf  Word

In Spanish: pdf  Word

No Chemical Disposal Dumping Sign: pdf  Word

In Spanish: pdf  Word

Citizens Water Sign: pdf  Word

In Spanish: pdf  Word

Lawrence Water Sign: pdf  Word

In Spanish: pdf  Word

Speedway Water Sign: pdf  Word

In Spanish: pdf  Word

Gas Pump Sign: pdf  Word

In Spanish: pdf  Word

 

RESOURCES

City of Indianapolis ToxDrop Program

Marion County Wellfield Education Corporation

IDEM Wellhead Protection Program

IDEM Drinking Water Watch

Citizens Energy Group Wellhead Protection

EPA Source Water Protection

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Indianapolis Department of Public Works