Feature Video

Mark Ennes, Tippecanoe Lake resident and former Valparaiso Lakes Area Conservancy District Director and Chairman of the Board, shares why sewers are important for sustaining our lake.

Homes and Businesses within the tippecanoe lake Community generate an estimated 320,000 gallons of wastewater each day

The majority of people living on our lake feel that it is our personal responsibility to take care of our lake and that it is our collective actions that have an impact on our lake's water quality.

In a 2014 lake survey (completed by The Natural Resource Social Science Lab, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources of Purdue University), Tippecanoe Lake residents stated their concern that issues such: as droppings from geese, ducks and other waterfowl, excessive use of fertilizers for crop production, improperly maintained septic systems, soil erosion from farm fields, and excessive use of lawn fertilizers and/or pesticides have an impact on our lakes. 

In 1995, The Kosciusko Health Department stated the upgrade of septic systems in high water table and sloping areas are not, in the long run, feasible for Tippecanoe Lake. They also recognized some lots along the channel as unbuildable without a sewer.



I work in Berne, Indiana south of Fort Wayne. There is an algae bloom problem there. It is devastating and has hurt family lifestyles and property values. This is what will happen if we don’t take care of our lake. Our family goes to Tippy Lake for the summers. We make memories that are priceless. That can go away and businesses can suffer. I was ignorant about the the little things we do – fertilizer and cotton wood issues. The Berne story sharpened my awareness.
— Tyler Kitt, Property Owner


How Septic Systems May Pollute Your Lake

  • Soils that are undesirable for septic systems
  • Septic systems located in close proximity to water wells
  • Septic systems located at or below the lake water level 
  • Poor care and maintenance of septic systems during their maximum 20-year life cycle

The Advantages of Sewers

Sewers are a quick, easy, efficient way of getting rid of wastewater. Sewers also:

  • Remove wastewater completely from the home and community.
  • Minimize the risk of human contact with waste borne pathogens and reduce the potential of insects.
  • Prevent pollution via treatment systems that centralize treatment and deploy advanced technologies. 
  • Protect groundwater resources.
  • Are in many cases the same cost or less expensive per household than onsite septic systems, when the cost of septic system maintenance is taken into account.
  • Provide needed basic infrastructure for economic growth, revitalization of existing neighborhoods, and sustainability of the environment.
Source: New Internationalist Magazine

We need to do this simply for cleaner water. That is the main objective. Some septic systems are very old and don’t function properly. The water table in many areas is very high and many septic fields don’t drain properly. I prefer a 21st century solution.
— Dan Swanson, Property Owner

why we love our lake

Serenity in the warm sun...swimming in clear cool water...skipping flat stones with a child...sunset cruising along the shore...fishing in the quiet of first light...cutting on a ski, jumping on a wakeboard...spending time with family and friends...a home or cottage by the lakeshore filled with memories...Lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands are a source of beauty and life.


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