Local residents will soon find in their water bills a quality report that shows no violations flagged by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Kirk Bouchie, general manager of Vincennes Water Utilities, on Wednesday told members of the Utilities Service Board during their regular monthly meeting held at the drinking water plant, 1134 River Road, of the findings from an annual state-mandated water quality report.
And they were, as per usual, good.
“What this tells me,” he said referencing the single sheet of paper, “is that we have very good quality water, but not only that. It also tells me we’re in compliance with all Indiana Department of Environmental Management regulations.”
Bouchie told the board that the water is actually sampled and tested upwards of 500 times throughout the year; the IDEM test is only required once, but the state insists that the report be sent out to all local residents.
The water quality test looks for common contaminants, things like chlorine, barium, chromium, fluoride and nitrate, among others. In all of the categories listed on the annual report, Vincennes’ samples were well below the maximum amount allowed, Bouchie pointed out.
And all of the city’s tests, he added, are done by a third party lab, usually in either Farmersburg or South Bend, as Vincennes does not have its own lab.
“But know that we are on it, and we do have people dedicated to doing those tests regularly,” Bouchie told the board.
In other business Wednesday, with new asphalt now down on Forbes Road, Bouchie told the board that he is working with city officials in planning a long-awaited celebration.
They will host a ribbon-cutting at one end of Forbes Road soon, he said, although a specific date has not been set.
The city and the utility partnered back in 2019 on a project to improve storm water drainage on Forbes Road near Benjamin Franklin Elementary School after several residents living there reported damage due to flash flooding.
The city that year received about $430,000 in Community Crossings Matching Grant funds for the reconstruction of Forbes Road; the USB chipped in another $660,000 to redo the storm water drainage there.
Storm water improvements as well as new asphalt were also made along Margaret Drive, McKinley Avenue and Ridgeway Avenue.
The storm water improvements were made last year, but due to delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, new asphalt had to wait until this spring.