To help protect the groundwater and our water supply wells from potential contamination, the City is currently implementing a Wellhead Protection Plan (WHP). The City of Aurora has partnered with the Lawrenceburg-Manchester-Sparta (LMS) Conservancy District to implement the WHP Program. The WHP Plan focuses on public awareness and education and spill prevention and reporting. For your reference, a complete copy of the WHP Plan is available at the Aurora Utilities Office located at 110 Main Street in Aurora, IN or the LMS Conservancy District Office at 1406 Sunnyside Avenue in Aurora, IN. For more information or to join the local planning team and assist with the implementation of the WHP Plan, contact the Aurora Utilities Superintendent at 812-926-2745 or the LMS Conservancy District Superintendent at 812-926-2850.
Refer to the Aurora Utilities WHP Plan brochure for more information.
The Annual Drinking Water Quality Report is provided to water utility customers each year and is designed to keep customers informed about the water utility and the quality of the drinking water over the previous year. The Aurora Utilities’ goal is to provide the community with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. The most recent Annual Drinking Water Quality Report is available at the Aurora Utility Office or by clicking "here".
Refer to the Dearborn County Solid Waste Management District website for contacts and recycling information.
For more information on the handling, storage, and management of hazardous waste and other
chemicals click on the links below:
Fertilizer Handling and Storage
Pesticide Handling and Storage
Hazardous Waste Management
As a part of the WHP Program, septic systems within the WHP areas were identified. Leachate from an improperly maintained septic system has the potential to directly affect groundwater used for our public water supply.
Refer to the Homeowners Guide to Septic Systemsbrochure for information regarding the proper functioning and maintenance of your septic system.
Contact the Dearborn County Health Department for additional information on septic systems.
The City of Aurora is attempting to identify active, inactive and abandoned wells within the WHP areas. Damaged wells can become a direct conduit for surface contamination to reach the underlying aquifer. We ask for your assistance in identifying abandoned or inactive wells on your property. Please contact the Aurora Utilities at 812-926-2745 with relevant information.
Water wells are abandoned if the original purpose and use of the well has been discontinued for more than 5 years or if the well is in a state of disrepair. If the well was abandoned after January 1, 1988, a licensed water well driller must be used to plug the well. The licensed driller will complete a record of the abandonment and submit it to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). If a well was abandoned prior to 1988, refer to the Plugging & Sealing Abandoned Water Wells brochure provided by the IDNR.
The Gaff family (of Hillforest,) as part owners of the Aurora Gas & Coke Company, pioneered the use of manufactured gas for home and business lighting in 1860.
Street lighting was added in 1874, which was before Aurora had a water system, and gas was manufactured at the site of the current Aurora Utilities Office at 110 Main Street.
Natural gas came into use in 1950 by a connection from Lawrenceburg along US 50 that in turn was connected to the Texas Gas Pipeline. While not used for lighting, natural gas now serves as a primary heating source for homes, businesses and manufacturing. With the deployement of plastic pipe in the 1970's the city was able to build a safe and secure gas system in 1987.
Natural gas is odorless so odorants are added to allow someone to readily detect a gas leak. Customers should know the location of all shut-off valves, appliances that use gas, or know the landlord/custodian who would have this knowledge.
If you smell gas in a localized area near a gas appliance, check the pilot light. Most modern automatic equipment, like water heaters and furnaces, have safety shut-offs to control the escape of gas if the pilot light goes out, but some manual appliances do not. Know your appliances and the instructions to operate them. If you can't detect the source of the leak around an appliance use the safety shut-off and call a technician.
If the odor is strong and far-reaching of the source of the odor cannot be accounted for or controlled, you have an emergency. Stay calm, call (812) 926-2745 during day hours or (812) 926-2557 during off hours and weekends. Open doors and windows to ventilate the building from a gas build-up. If you hear gas escaping or are experiencing overwhelming odor "a house full of gas" exit the building as quickly as possible without activating an ignition source. Ignition sources can be matches, lighters, electrical switches, even static electricity. Electrical sources can include flashlights, doorbells, and telephones.
The potenctial for carbon monoxide occurs with incomplete combustion when burning natural gas in an appliance or heater. As you can't see, smell or hear it you might think you have the flu. Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms are:
Call 911 or your local fire department immediately if you suspect poisoning. A qualified person should be secured to inspect and repair any suspected appliances.
Compared to all other forms of energy, the delivery of gas by distribution piping is the safest. When gas systems leak, natural gas will normally rise away from the surface and dissipate. Trouble occurs, however, when gas migrates underground and into buildings, sewers and duct systems. The majority of incidents are caused by line damage from construction and other excavation activities.
Our company and other utilities have joined to provide locating services to anyone planning to excavate in the vicinity of gas, electric, telephone, or any other buried utilities. For public safety it is the law to locate underground utilities before you can begin excavation activities.
THIS IS A FREE SERVICE. Participating utilities will send someone out to mark the underground facilities if you call two days in advance.
Where does our water come from?
Using three drilled wells, Aurora's water source is taken from the glacial deposits of sand and gravel in the Ohio River Valley Aquifer. This water is of excellent quality and receive only chlorine and flouride for dental health. As is typical of well water, it is considered hard water and the choice of water softening is left to the users.
Do I need to take special precautions?
Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised people, such as people with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, people who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other kinds of immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their healthcare providers. EPA has set guidelines with appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants which are available from Safe Drinking Water Hotline 1-800-426-4791.
Are there contaminants in my drinking water?
Drinking water, including bottled water may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occuring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, or can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. The presence of these contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk or that it is not suitable for drinking. More information about contaminants and their potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline listed above.
For more information about Aurora's drinking water, please call Randy Turner at (812) 926-2745, or if you wish to become involved with water decision-making, attend City Council meetings on the first Monday of every month at 5:00 PM in the Aurora City Building.
In Aurora, like many older cities, sewer pipes carry both wastewater (used water and sewage that goes down the drain in homes and businesses) and stormwater (rain or snow that washes off the streets and parking lots) to a sewage treatment plant. In many parts of Aurora, the mixed wastewater and stormwater flow together in a single pipe. This is called a Combined Sewer System.
The Combined Sewer System was built as Aurora grew during the early 1900's, as an economical way to handle wastewater and stormwater. The advantage of this system is that most of the time when rainfall is low to moderate, both the stormwater and wastewater go the the treatment plant before being discharged into the Ohio River. However, if significant wet weather occurs, this becomes a problem. Sewers can overflow, sending both wastewater and stormwater into the Ohio River. This is called Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO).
CSO Warning signs are posted near areas where outfalls can occur. Public health recommends that people and animals not go into water near these signs for 48 hours after heavy rain.
Best Way Disposal is pleased to be your new service provider beginning January 2nd. All garbage pick-ups for the City of Aurora will be on Wednesdays and all cans, waster wheelers, or bags MUST be set out by Wednesday @ 2 am. Garbage may be placed in your own cans, waste wheelers, or bags if that’s your preference; however you also have an option to rent a 96 gallon Best Way Disposal cart on wheels at $3.00 per month for each cart billed directly to you every 3 months. To rent a cart, please contact Best Way Disposal at 1-800-354-1830.
The problem of how to manage solid waste around the country and in Dearborn County is a plaguing issue. The State of Indiana has mandated that, due to shrinking landfill space all Indiana counties must reduce their total output of trash. Many new rules and taxes have been placed on Indiana fills and that reflects back on residents in the form of higher service fees.
Recycling has been offered as a solution, and needs to be adopted by everyone in our growing population. We must practice recycling and teach our children that their futures depend on it.
The City of Aurora offers drop-oof recycling service at the Utility Dept. Garage located at the corner of Main and Importing St. This location is always open to anyone who needs recycling service.
City Residents are offered curb-side pick-up on Mon., Wed., and Friday (excluding holidays) at no charge with no item limit. To receive this type of service call 926-2745 one business day before pick-up is scheduled to occur.
Recycle: soda, milk, detergent, or shampoo type bottles with a #1 or #2 rating.
Preparation: rinsing them out, flattening them, and removing lids and neck rings.
Please don't: include peanut butter jars, salad dressing bottles, cooking oil bottles, margarine or whipped topping tubs, plastic wrap or bag.
Recycle: clear brown, green, and blue bottles and jars.
Preparation: by rinsing them out, removing lids and neck rings.
Please don't: break glass or include window, baking dish, mirror, drinking glass, ceramics, or lightbulbs.
Recycle: newspaper, grocery sacks, computer paper, flattened cardboard boxes.
Preparation: by placing them in paper grocery bags or bundling flattened boxes with string.
Please don't: include glossy advertising, magazines, junk mail, cereal boxes, or telephone books.
Recycle: steel food cans, bi-metal and aluminum drink cans, empty aerosal cans.
Preparation: by rinsing them out and crushing them, if possible.
Please don't: include foil, aluminum baking dishes, hangers, paint cans, or scrap metal.