Indiana American Water Shuts Down Ogden Dunes Treatment Facility in Northwest Indiana After Reports of a Release Into Burns Ditch

(GARY, IND., -- SEPTEMBER 26, 2021) – As a precautionary measure, Indiana American Water shut down its Ogden Dunes treatment facility Sunday evening, September 26, 2021, after reports of a release of an unknown substance into Burns Ditch in Portage, Ind.

Indiana American Water uses water from two Lake Michigan intakes as source water in northwest Indiana, including the facility at Ogden Dunes and the larger Borman Park water treatment plant located in Gary, Ind.

Indiana American Water performs continuous real-time monitoring at our Ogden Dunes treatment facility, and although we have seen no impact on the raw water parameters we are monitoring for at this location, the treatment plant will remain offline until such time as additional data and water testing results confirm there is no threat to the company’s source water at this location.

The Borman Park water treatment facility, located in Gary, Ind., remains in service and is able to provide adequate treatment capacity to meet customer needs for the company’s customers in northwest Indiana.

Indiana American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.32 million people. For more information, visit and follow Indiana American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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