Homeowners blame new sports field for depleting water levels
DNR will reveal cause after 48-hour test
Last Updated: 121 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - A far southeast side community blames the City of Indianapolis for their depleting water levels and they say an unfinished project is already causing problems.
The upset homeowners live near the new Indianapolis World Sports Park which will bring cricket championships, lacrosse, hurling, rugby and international basketball to the city.
Residents said since the city started pumping water to develop the sports field, domestic water wells have nearly run dry.
"Yesterday our water was at 57 feet, and then today, after they had pumped all night and most of the day, our water lever dropped to 93 feet," homeowner Brenda Limbach said. "And our new pump is only at 100 feet, so that's pretty scary."
Brenda Limbach, her husband and their neighbors rely on ground water. They said water levels are suddenly depleting.
"They have taken our water from us and we have lived here for 11 years without any issues with the water," Limbach said.
The family had to install a new well because they said their old one burned out from the pumping for the nearby Indianapolis World Sports Park.
"We're not opposed to the cricket fields, we don't quite understand cricket and why we're having it here," neighbor Todd Coe said. "We've had no issues out here, there's nothing else going on that should cause this issue."
Officials were called out to get to the bottom of the issue.
"Typically you would expect some seasonal water level fluctuations. I'm not certain that's what's going here, I think we're probably looking at some impact on water levels," Mark Basch with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.
Basch’s office is conducting a 48-hour test to see if the city's pumping is behind the drop in water levels around the neighborhood.
If the city’s pumping is found to be the cause of the recent depletion, the city could be liable for reimbursing three families, including the Limbachs, who hope there is a resolution before their new well fails.
"That's not something that we even want to anticipate. We're hoping they step up and do the right thing," Limbach said.
The testing is set to wrap up Wednesday and the Department of Natural Resources will determine what is behind the drastic drop in water levels.
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