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Who We Are

Marion Utilities is an organization comprised of four individual and independent utilities; Water, Wastewater, Solid Waste, and Storm Water. Although the utilities share common administrative and managerial oversight, by state statute, each division must remain financially independent of the others. Revenues from one utility division may not be used in support of another. Operational and Capital Improvement Budgets for each division are funded independently through revenues generated by the division.

The Utility Service Board provides general purview over the operations and functions of the Water, Wastewater, Solid Waste, and Storm Water Utilities. The Board establishes policy, approves budgets and capital expenditures, and recommends to the City Council adequate rates to support the financial needs of the utilities. It is the responsibility of the Board to employ a competent executive who is responsible for directing the business and technical operations of the utilities. The Assistant Director for Operations manages the day-to-day operations of the Water and Wastewater Utilities while the Assistant Director for Engineering manages the day-to-day operations of the Stormwater and Solid Waste utilities, as well as providing leadership for Engineering Services.

Our Mission

The mission of Marion Utilities is to bring added value to the City of Marion by providing excellent customer service, maintaining the highest of standards for the lowest possible cost, and promoting environmental stewardship to ensure the future of our community.

Our History

The Water Utility was first established in Marion in 1877 as a means of providing fire protection and potable water supply for a growing and thriving community. For over 100 years, the utility services grew and evolved to meet the ever-changing and demanding needs of the city. Sewer installation began in the late 1800s and was followed by the construction of the wastewater treatment plant beginning in 1938. In 1971, Marion Utilities was officially established and assumed responsibility for managing, operating, and maintaining water and wastewater services for the community. Storm water service was added in 1995. In 2014, the Solid Waste utility was created by the city council and began operation in 2015.

Our Leadership Team

Chuck Binkerd

Chuck has served the Marion community throughout his employment at Marion Utilities since July 1998. Since September 2012, he has served in the capacity of Executive Director. Since its inception, Chuck has served as a member of the Community Revitalization Enhancement District Board and is also a member of the Grant County Economic Growth Council. For more than 34 years, he has served in various capacities throughout the municipal utility industry. Chuck and his wife, Becca, also enjoy their work and involvement in their church. They have three children and three grandchildren and appreciate every opportunity to travel to Florida for family time.

Pat Pinkerton
Assistant Director for Engineering

Pat has served in the Marion Utilities’ Engineering Department since May 1989. He serves on the various community boards such as the Grant County Drainage Board, Eastbrook School Board, and his church. Pat graduated from Ball State University in 1988 with a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He is a Wastewater Class II Operator and a licensed Professional Engineer. Pat and his wife, Rita, have two sons, Jon and James. In his spare time, he enjoys canoeing, kayaking, camping, fishing, and collecting antique fishing tackle.

Robin Shrader
Assistant Director for Operations

Robin began working at Marin Utilities in June, 2012. She has served the community as a mentor for Project Leadership for three years. Robin graduated from Taylor University in 2000 with a B.A. in Christian Education, from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2003 with an M.A. in Christian Education, from Indiana University in 2015 with a B.A. in Biology and Physical Science, and from Liberty University in 2019 with an M.A. in Executive Leadership. Her licenses include a Wastewater Operator Class IV, Grade WT3 Water Treatment Plant Operator and a Grade DSL Water Distribution System Operator. Robin and her husband, Brian, camping, hiking, and puzzles.

Misty Humphries
Executive Assistant & Administrative Manager

Misty has been with Marion Utilities since April, 2011. She is currently serving the community as a Regional Parent Resource for INSOURCE. Misty graduated from Adrian College in 1998 with  B.A.’s in Business and Communication, as well Ohio Northern University School of Law in 2001 with a Juris Doctor. She and her husband, Mike, have three sons, and Daisy the dog. She enjoys watching her kids’ activities and sports, camping, swimming, and going on family adventures.

Utility Service Board

The Marion Utility Service Board is the steward of the money that you pay for utility services. These private citizens represent you in determining the future of your utilities and how the money that you pay can best be used to ensure reliable services, both now and for generations to come. Listed below are the individuals currently serving you as the Marion Utilities Service Board:

Robert Logan
City Council Appointment

Douglas Carl
City Council Appointment

William Dorsey
Mayoral Appointment

Von Jackson
Mayoral Appointment

Herschel Lewis
Mayoral Appointment

Mike Barney
City Council Appointment

Al Green
Mayoral Appointment

  • Michael Conner, Utility Attorney

The Board meets every first and third Thursday of the month in our Administrative Board Room at 1540 N. Washington Street in Marion. Check our Agenda & Meeting Minutes for updated information on meetings.

Agenda & Meeting Minutes


Summer Internship Program

Our internship program offers students an opportunity to better understand the theories, ideas, and practices of water/wastewater treatment processes by actively engaging in a hands-on, real-world, learning opportunity. Marion Utilities seeks to provide an environment where students can discover, inquire, and refine their educational and career goals.

More information

Summer Work

We hire a small team to do maintenance jobs around the plant for the summer months. Responsibilities include things like painting plant buildings and mowing, among other things. If you would like more information or want to apply, please call WorkOne at 765.668.8911.

Current Open Positions

Safety Coordinator – Click here for more details. 

Email applications to or visit WorkOne. Applications due by 4 pm on March 31, 2020.

H2O Community

At Marion Utilities, we have a strong desire to ensure that the people of Marion have access to high quality utility services.

In June of 2013, we launched the Help to Our Community (H2O Community) Program to provide the people of Marion with the help they need to make monthly water payments. We have partnered with The Salvation Army, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide for the needy, and Via Credit Union, a local financial institution, to help struggling families by providing a payment supplement to keep their utilities going, as well as offering financial education classes to teach families about simple budgeting skills. This supplement is need-based and can extend up to $100 per year.

In order to qualify for help from this program, Marion Utilities clients must fall below the established poverty level criteria and not have been able to pay their utility bills for many days.


Water Treatment

Daily Capacity: 12 million gallons
Average Daily Production: 4.2 million gallons

Water Distribution System

180 miles of underground pipe
3 overhead storage tanks
2 booster pump stations
1,700 fire hydrants
2,000 control valves

Wastewater Treatment

Daily Capacity: 17 million gallons
Average Daily Flow: 6 million gallons
Collection System: 180 miles of underground pipe

Storm Water System

120 miles of underground pipe

Solid Waste

10,000 pick-ups weekly


The Indiana Water Environment Association (IWEA) awarded our Wastewater Plant with the Safety Excellence Award, and our Wastewater Lab with the Laboratory Excellence Award.