Wells Near Power Plants

The coal ash stored at Indiana’s power plants is contaminating groundwater, and that can affect private wells.  There are several locations in Indiana where the utilities have already had to provide alternative drinking water sources for private well owners.

Whether a private well will be impacted by coal ash depends on how close it is to the ash, the type of ash disposal (like whether there is a liner under the ash), and the direction of groundwater flow.  Some Indiana power plants are no longer burning coal, but they still have the ash left from the prior decades of burning it.

 

Is your well near coal ash?

Click on the name of the power plant in the list to go to a detailed map.

AB Brown, 8511 Welborn Rd, Evansville, IN 47712

Bailly, 246 Bailly Station Rd, Chesterton, IN 46304

Cayuga, 3300 N. SR 63, Cayuga, IN 47928

Clifty Creek, 1335 Clifty Hollow Rd, Madison, IN 47250

Culley, 3711 Darlington Rd, Newburgh, IN 47630

Eagle Valley, 4040 Blue Bluff Rd,  Martinsville, IN 46151

Edwardsport, 15400 Villwock Rd, Edwardsport, IN  47528

Gallagher, 30 Jackson St, New Albany, IN 47150

Gibson, 1097 N CR950 w, Owensville, IN 47665

Harding Street, 3700 Harding St, Indianapolis 46217

Merom, 5500 SR 54 W, Sullivan, IN 47882

Michigan City, 101 Wabash St, Michigan City, IN 46360

Mitchell, 1 North Clark Rd, Gary, IN 46401

Noblesville, 10754 E 211th Street, Noblesville, IN  46062

Petersburg, 6925 N State Road 57, Petersburg, IN 47567

Ratts, 6825 N Blackburn road, Petersburg, IN 47567

Rockport, 2791 North U.S. 231, Rockport, IN 47635

Schahfer, 2723 E 1500 North, Wheatfield, IN 46392

Tanner’s Creek, 800 AEP Dr, Lawrenceberg, IN 47025

Wabash, 450 Bolton Rd, Terre Haute, IN 47801

Warrick,  4000 S.R. 66, Newburgh, IN 47629

 

How to test your well

In Indiana, there is no regulation of private well water.  Well owners are responsible for their own safety when using private well water.

To be on the safe side, HEC recommends getting a well tested if it is within one mile of a coal ash disposal site.  The water should be tested for the following:

  • Boron
  • Sulfate
  • Arsenic
  • Lead
  • Molybdenum
  • Lithium
  • Radium
  • Cobalt
  • Sodium
  • Hexavalent chromium
  • Nitrate – not in coal ash, but should be tested yearly
  • Bacteria – not in coal ash, but should be tested yearly

The Indiana State Department of Health maintains a list of certified drinking water laboratories.  In some circumstances, your county health department may be able to help you.

If your private well tests positive for the coal ash contaminants listed above, HEC would be interested in talking with you.  Please contact Indra Frank at ifrank@hecweb.org.