Fishers, Indiana

Fishers, Indiana Fishers, Indiana

What is the Water Quality in Fishers, Indiana?

[Updated: June 9, 2023]

Compared to other US cities, Fishers water quality ranks in the middle range for contamination excluding Lead.

Most of their 21 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.

  • Arsenic is at very high levels: 75x health guidelines.
  • Chloroform is at high levels: 7x health guidelines.
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5) are at extremely high levels: 76x health guidelines.
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA9) are at extremely high levels: 240x health guidelines.
    • These are both byproducts of the chlorine treatment process most water supplies go through.

Let’s look closer at what’s in Fishers water.

What’s in Fishers water?

Here are the top 7 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:

  1. Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer
  2. Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
  3. Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
  4. Haloacetic acids – Potential effect: Cancer
  5. Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
  6. Uranium – Potential effect: Cancer
  7. Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer

These are seven of the 21 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (

8 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.

Does Fishers have Lead contamination?

Yes, Fishers has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2015 through 2017 showed concentrations up to 3.8 parts per billion.

The legal limit for lead is 15 parts per billion. Being well-below this level is a good thing.

Concentrations between 3.8 ppb and 15 ppb put a formula-fed baby at risk of elevated blood lead levels. Read more about the symptoms of Lead in water.

There is no safe level of lead for humans.

The good news is that 99.99% of the lead can be filtered out.

See the What Can You Do? section below to learn how to filter out contaminants.

Where does Fishers’ water come from?

Fishers’ water comes from the Vestal Ditch – White River watershed.

18 of the 22 EPA assessed water sources in the Vestal Ditch – White River watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:

  • Delight Ditch
  • Ingerman Ditch – two segments
  • Light Branch
  • Mitchner Ditch
  • Overdorf Branch
  • Shoemaker Ditch
  • Vestal Ditch – one segment
  • White River – 10 segments running from north of Noblesville down to Fishers.

Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. Kirkendall Creek, Mallory Granger Ditch, and two segments of Vestal Ditch are in Good condition.

Whether a water source is in Impaired or Good condition refers to the quality of these uses:

  1. Drinking Water
  2. Aquatic Life
  3. Fish and Shellfish Consumption
  4. Recreation

Learn more from How’s My Waterway

See below for what you can do to improve Fishers’ water.

Conclusion – What Can You Do?

Information about water quality in Fishers can be surprising.

But there are things you can do in your home to clean up your water.

  1. Test Your Water using Varify Home Test Kits or similar.
  2. To Remove Lead and Other Contaminants In Your Home:
  • Use Activated Carbon filters to remove most contaminants in your drinking water.
    • Faucet-mount filters work better than pitchers.
    • PUR and Brita are low-cost and effective.
Brita Lead Filtration
Brita Faucet Mount – Amazon
Reverse Osmosis Systems for Fishers Indiana
APEC system – Amazon

*Chlorination is an effective method of disinfecting/treating drinking water. You can then use a water filter to reduce the effects of chlorination byproducts to get the safest, cleanest water possible.

In Your Community:

Contact your local government officials and put pressure on them to invest in cleaner waterways and upgraded city water filtration and treatment.

Go to: to find contact information for your local officials.

Water Quality in Other Indiana Cities

Indiana Water Quality Page

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