Water dependency is a major issue for Indiana businesses. According to a study by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Hoosier state is one of the most economical water dependent states in the nation. The Indiana economy leads the nation with the highest percentage dependent on water.
- Indiana is the leading manufacturing state in the Midwest region and 7th in the country. Manufacturing is one of the most water-intensive industries. Water is utilized in manufacturing for many key processes such as cooling, sanitation, processing, steam generation, and cleaning, as well as included in products.
- Groundwater use is growing in industries such as power generation, industrial production, and mining. Groundwater withdrawal has increased faster than surface water diversion.
- The state’s farming industry is the fastest-growing business sector in terms of water dependency. Water in this industry is largely used for irrigating row crops.
The state’s water supplies are abundant, but require improved management to protect against depletion. As the economy grows and diversifies, businesses need vast and reliable water sources to meet their needs. The Indiana Chamber water study also identified potential issues which could negatively impact the state’s water-dependent businesses.
According to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce study:
- While abundant water resources exist, the area north of the Wabash River is seeing sharp increases in water consumption for irrigation. Water use fluctuates seasonally and can impact other users of the area’s water sources.
- Even as Central Indiana utilities continue development and diversification, water needs are growing rapidly as the area’s population increases. As the region grows, a projected 50 million gallons of water each day will be needed to accommodate citizens by 2050.
- In Southern Indiana, anticipated future water needs won’t always be able to be filled by local sources. There’s a strong possibility that aquifers and perennial streams south of the Bloomington area could be compromised as Interstate 69 expansion continues, as well as enhancements to the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Crane Division – key economic expansions in this region.
Indiana American Water is working to protect the state’s water sources, for citizens and industry alike. Water is a valuable commodity in business, critical to daily operations and even product quality. We regularly invest in our water and wastewater infrastructure to ensure access to a reliable, quality water supply, while at the same time ensuring we are protecting and preserving our sources of supply. Learn more at https://amwater.com/inaw/water-quality/system-updates.