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River Ridge Development Partners with Louisville Water Company

Wednesday June 29, 2011

River Ridge Development Authority Receives Contract to Manage Charlestown State Park/River Ridge Commerce Center Drinking Water System

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has selected River Ridge Development Authority (RRDA) to manage and operate the drinking water system at the Charlestown State Park/River Ridge Commerce Center.

River Ridge Commerce Center is one of the Midwest region’s premier business and industrial parks. River Ridge is located along Indiana State Highway 62 and borders Charlestown State Park in Clark County, Indiana. The 6,000-acre complex occupies the site of the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant and sits readily adjacent to the Ports of Indiana, multiple railways, major interstates, regional and international airports, and the UPS Worldport Hub. The drinking water system includes approximately 12 miles of water main as well as 3 new supply wells, a 2 million gallon per day treatment plant, booster pump station, and a 750,000 gallon storage tank.

Effective July 1, RRDA will manage the system along with two partners, Watson Water Company in Southern Indiana and Louisville Water Company. Watson Water will assist with meter reading and maintenance of the distribution system. Louisville Water will operate the treatment plant, oversee water quality compliance, and conduct an initial water system assessment.

“We are thrilled the IDNR has provided us with the opportunity to manage and operate this water system,” said Jerry Acy, executive director of River Ridge Commerce Center. “Louisville Water and Watson Water offer a wealth of experience in operating a water utility and will be key partners and guides in assisting us in the process. Our bottom-line goal is providing high quality drinking water for our customers along with exceptional customer service.”

"Louisville Water is delighted about this opportunity to bring to River Ridge Development Authority a high quality, reliable water supply for future development of the River Ridge Commerce Center," said Greg Heitzman, president of Louisville Water Company.

Currently, 500 acres of the Commerce Center is developed with 53 commercial and industrial customers that use about 68,000 gallons of water per day.

River Ridge Development Authority was created by the Commissioners of Clark County on February 17, 1998 for the purpose of redeveloping the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant. It is the mission of the RRDA as mandated by Indiana statutes to plan, rehabilitate, redevelop, and prepare the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant for private enterprise and development for the benefit of the economy, property values, public health, safety, morals and welfare. For more information, please visit www.riverridgecc.comClick here for a map of the site.