‘Wet utilities’ are key to rural economic development

Successful economic development relies on the presence of key infrastructure, such as transportation and fiber optic access. In rural counties – such as Hancock County – a missing piece of the infrastructure Mike Burrowpuzzle that’s been hampering economic development is the availability of “wet utilities.”

Taken for granted in cities like Indianapolis, wet utilities consist of water and sewer services. Today, most of the residents and businesses in rural Hancock County are served by private well water and septic systems.

This has put a real drag on economic development in an area that should be poised for growth. Hancock County is uniquely positioned along State Road 9, which connects three Interstates (70, 69 and 74). Along this 45 mile stretch, only about eight miles have public water and sewer. Read More