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Beware of Raw Sewage Overflows in Area Waterways

By Laura O'Brien on 6/19/19 4:22 PM

Citizens Also Encourages Residents to Clear Storm Drains

INDIANAPOLIS - As heavy rain ramps up again today, Citizens Energy Group is reminding the public to stay away from area waterways due to raw sewage overflows.

The combined storm and wastewater sewer system in Marion County overflows into area waterways when as little as one quarter of an inch of rain falls. Coming into contact with raw sewage can cause serious illness.

The DigIndy Tunnel System, a 28-mile network of underground tunnels now under construction, will greatly reduce sewer overflows in Marion County by the year 2025. The first 10-mile segment of the tunnel system opened in December 2017 and has already prevented more than 1.2 billion gallons of sewage from flowing into local waterways.

To learn more about how the DigIndy Tunnel System will improve our community, visit

Citizens Energy Group also reminds residents to clear storm drains on the street, as accumulation of debris can lead to clogs. These drains carry water from the street to the sewer system, and when they become clogged, flooding can occur.

Property owners are responsible for keeping storm inlet grates and driveway culverts clear of debris, trash, and leaves. Clearing storm drains only takes a few minutes and is easy to do.

How to Clear a Storm Drain

  • Rake leaves or grass clippings away from the storm drains near your house or business.
  • Dispose of pet waste in the trash can or toilet. Do not put waste in storm drains.
  • Make sure driveway culverts are free of debris, in good repair and set to proper elevation so water can drain.

Litter can also keep storm drains from functioning properly. Not only is littering unsightly, it is illegal. If you see trash on your street or sidewalk, or in your yard, do your part to dispose of it properly.

To report a possible storm drain blockage, please call the Citizens call center at (317) 924-3311.

About Citizens Energy Group

Citizens Energy Group provides safe and reliable utility services to about 900,000 people in the Indianapolis area. Citizens operates its utilities for the benefit of customers and the community.

Media Contact Information

Laura O'Brien
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(C) 317-519-1515

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