Angola to Host Public Meeting on Water Availability Study

December 27, 2022

January 18, 2023, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, 317 S. Wayne Street

In May of 2022 the Angola City Council approved a water department proposal to investigate water availability in Steuben County and potential limitations on the availability of water for industry, agriculture, and public supply. INTERA, Incorporated, a consulting firm specializing in water resources analysis and aquifer protection, was hired to conduct the study.

On January 18, 2023, Jack Wittman, VP of INTERA will provide a project update to the public. The presentation will include the following:
• A discussion of the hydrology of Steuben County and the relationship between lake levels, stream discharge, groundwater levels, and water withdrawals in the region.
• Results of the water availability assessment conducted for watersheds in the county, along with a discussion of the characteristics of water withdrawals for public supply, industry, and agriculture in the county.
• An assessment and discussion of potential threats to water availability in the county, including expanding water use for industry and agriculture, increasing withdrawals in Ohio, and a changing climate.
• A discussion of on-going work to develop an aquifer and surface-water monitoring network in Steuben County. The network will provide real-time data to assess the status of water resources in the region, and a tool to assess the impacts of potential threats.

The aquifer monitoring network will consist of sensor equipment installed in private homeowner wells. The equipment is non-invasive, non-disruptive, and provides direct online access to real-time water levels in the well for each volunteer participant. Private well owners who are interested in participating in the network are encouraged to attend.