Roachdale has developed a wellhead protection plan (WHP) that has been approved by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). The WHP is to help protect the underground aquifier and the supply wells that are the source f Roachdale’s drinking water.
Roachdale’s WHP plan can be viewed at the Roachdale Town Hall located at 205 N. Indiana st. in Roachdale. The local planning team meets annually to review and update plans, as well as implement strategies designed to protect Roachdale’s drinking water sources. This year the planning team will focus on public education for potential contamination sources located in or near the WHP areas. Contact Nick Miller, town superintendent if you have a well on your property so that it can be added to the tracking database.
Tips to help protect your drinking water source include:
• Learn about groundwater and your water source and participate in watershed clean-up activities.
• Limit use of chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides and other hazardous products. Buy only what you need, reducing the amount to be later discarded. Be sure to follow label directions.
• Recycle used oil, automotive fluids, batteries and other chemical products. Do not dispose of these hazardous products in toilets, storm drains, wastewater systems, creeks, alleys or the ground. These actions pollute the water supply. Call 1-800-211-2750 or visit the West Central Solid Waste District at www.westcentralswd.com for more recycling information.
• Check your car, boat, motorcycle and other machinery for leaks and spills. Collect leaks with a drip pan until repairs can be made. Clean up spills by absorbing the spill. Do not rinse with water or allow it to soak into the ground.
• If you have a septic system, have it inspected and serviced every three years.
• Plug abandoned wells on your property as these old wells provide a direct route for surface contamination to reach ground water supplies. Contact a licensed well driller for assistance.
• Keep in mind that groundwater aquifers collect and store rainwater and snowmelt that soaks into the ground.