The White River

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The White River is the primary drinking water source for Indianapolis. Once maligned as an open sewer and mobile dumping ground for Indianapolis’s pork industry in the early 20th century, it has much higher water quality now. The Clean Water Act of 1973 cleaned up many practices that were detrimental to rivers across the nation. Current efforts to reduce erosion, improve farming practices and reduce the use of lawn fertilizers continue to improve the quality of the White River.