The source of Auburn’s drinking water is groundwater produced from wells located in our community. To help protect the underground aquifer and the water supply wells from contamination, the City of Auburn continues to implement the Wellhead Protection (WHP) Plan, which was originally approved by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) in April of 2003. The WHP Local Planning Team (LPT) meets annually to update the Plan and implement management strategies to protect Auburn’s drinking water source. A complete copy of the WHP Plan and educational pamphlets are available to the public at the Auburn Water Department (800 North Street).
The LPT held an annual meeting on August 30, 2017, to discuss the WHP Program. Auburn’s WHP Program focuses on public awareness, education, spill prevention and spill reporting. This year, the LPT will focus on education for owners of agricultural land, septic systems and water wells. Educational information is available on the City of Auburn’s Municipal Utilities website under Water.
Auburn continues to identify septic systems, active, inactive and abandoned wells. Leachate from an improperly maintained septic system has the potential to directly affect groundwater used for our public water supply. Water wells that become damaged, or are no longer used, are a potential conduit for surface contamination to reach the groundwater and contaminate the underground drinking water source. If you have a well on your property, please contact the Water Department at (260) 925-5711 so that it can be added to a tracking database.
Below are some tips to help you protect your drinking water source:
The City of Auburn feels that drinking water protection is the responsibility of all citizens. By assisting the city with its WHP efforts, residents and business can help ensure the people of Auburn have a safe water supply now and in the future.