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Upgrading Indy's Water System

Thursday, July 9, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joseph Sapp
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Citizens Energy Group 
Indianapolis, IN

Much of the water distribution system that serves Indianapolis is more than 100 years old and water main breaks are in the headlines far too often. Citizens Energy Group acquired the system in 2011 and is systematically upgrading, repairing and replacing the aging system.

As a Public Trust and not a for-profit utility, Citizens Energy is highly sensitive to rate increases and focuses intently on executing their capital investments as efficiently as possible. Using value engineering, they are rethinking the way projects are designed and built. For example, a new technology called pipe bursting allows new water pipes to be inserted into old ones to avoid more costly and disruptive excavations of streets.

Value engineering is producing better results for the citizens of Indianapolis, while achieving millions of dollars in savings.

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