On June 18, 2013, by unanimous vote, the Indianapolis Landscape Association, with their lobbying firm, The Corrydon Group, helped pass a bill written into law to change existing and antiquated water restriction language that will now enable stages of water conservation. This was accomplished by working with the Mayor’s office and with the support of all affiliated state and local associations.

Last year, when the city of Indianapolis, Indiana experienced a drought, the Mayor, who enforces the local ordinance, mandated that no outdoor watering would be allowed. A few contractors, officers of the Indianapolis Landscape Association, blindly dove into uncharted waters, trying to change the local ordinance to protect their businesses, and came out as winners.

The old ordinance was written in 1988 and, unfortunately, acted solely as an on/off switch. If water levels dropped below a minimum level, no outdoor watering was allowed. The new language in the ordinance allows for conservative phases that permit businesses to continue to work during significant drought conditions.

It wasn’t only the landscape industry business people who recognized the need for change.

Complaints were received from local golf courses, claiming that they were losing business. Athletic directors of local high schools and colleges called the Mayor’s office to express their concern, because the ground was so hard and personal injury was eminent.