FISHERS, Ind. (AP) — Citizens Energy is preparing to convert a quarry just northeast of Indianapolis into a reservoir for drinking water.

The Indianapolis Star reports that the city of Fishers has approved permits that the utility needs to begin building pumping stations for the new reservoir near the existing Geist Reservoir. It's expected to hold 3.5 billion gallons of water to meet the region's growing water needs.

Citizens Energy spokesman Dan Considine says work on the nearly $30 million project is slated to begin late this year and last through 2020.

The new water reservoir will be closed to the public because it's too deep.

Fishers is planning to build a park and beach near the quarry on Geist Reservoir with a fishing pier, boardwalk and nature area.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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