Illinois EPA, Division of Public Water Supplies Drought Update Summary Report, Illinois State Water Survey

Illinois Drought


Illinois EPA, Division of Public Water Supplies

Drought Update‑Summary Report

August 25, 2005



Rockford Region‑ Water use restrictions at several groundwater supplies remain in place. The Quad Cities surface water supplies, Mississippi River sources, continue to have an adequate capacity and have not issued water use restrictions. Illinois American Water Company- Streater, Vermillion River source, continues to have adequate capacity.

 

Elgin Region‑ Elgin and Aurora, Fox River sources, are augmenting their surface water withdrawals with groundwater supplies. Surface water flows are adequate at these supplies and groundwater withdrawal is normal at this time of year. Elgin does not have any water use restrictions in place and has requested voluntary conservation measures. Aurora is operating under odd-even watering restriction. Aqua Illinois‑Kankakee, Kankakee River, continues to have an adequate supply. Joliet, groundwater source, remains on a watering ban.

 

Champaign Region‑ All surface water supplies have reservoir levels at or above normal for this time of year. No water use restrictions have been reported.

 

Springfield Region‑ Recent precipitation has increased flows in area creeks. Reservoirs in this region continue to have adequate capacity. Ashland and LaHarpe continue to be of greatest concern, however precipitation has provided some relief.

 

Collinsville Region‑ Voluntary watering restrictions remain in effect for Edwardsville and the connected facilities of Glen Carbon, SIU‑Edwardsville and Northeast Central Public Water District. Other supplies have lifted their water use restriction due to adequate precipitation.

 

Marion Region‑ All surface water supplies have reservoir levels at or above normal for this time of year. No water use restrictions have been reported and precipitation levels within the region have been adequate.



COLLINSVILLE (08/25/05)                    
SURFACE WATER RESERVOIRS                      
SYSTEM NAME SYSTEM ID WATER SOURCE(s) FULL POOL CAPACITY (days) LEVEL OF CONCERN CURRENT LEVEL DATE OF CL SYSTEM NAME DROUGHT PLAN PLAN IMPLEMENTED COMMENTS
Breese IL0270250 Shoal Creek, Side-Channel reservoir     4' down in side-channel reservoir Shoal Creek is at normal pool.  8/1/2005 Breese Conserve water order no Current water levels are not a concern
Carlyle IL0270300 Kaskaskia River       Kaskaskia River is at 412.089' 8/1/2005 Carlyle no no Current water levels are not a concern
Centralia IL1214220 Raccoon Lake Water level is 6" below the spill way   60" below spill way 37" from top of spill way 8/1/2005 Centralia Conserve water order no Current water levels are not a concern
Chester IL1570100 Mississippi River Normal   2 4.8 above 0 (0 is in relation to barge traffic) 8/1/2005 Chester no no Water could be as low as 20 below 0 and the plant would still have enough water.
Coulterville IL1570150 Coulterville Lake       2' down 8/2/2005 Coulterville yes no Current water levels are not a concern
Evansville IL1570250 Kaskaskia River  Normal     368.8' 8/16/2005 Evansville no no  
Farina IL0510150 Impoundment reservoir (2 pits); Can pump water from East Fork River when it rains       Pit #1 is 8' down; Pit #2 is 5' down 8/2/2005 Farina no no Current water levels are not a concern
Greenfield IL0610150 Impoundment reservoir        2' down   Greenfield no no Current water levels are not a concern
Highland IL1190550 Silver Lake 500'     18" down 8/1/2005 Highland no mo Current water levels are not a concern
Holiday Shores IL1195110 Holiday Lake 505msl   3' below full pool 8" down 8/1/2005 Holiday Shores no no Current water levels are not a concern
Ill. Am.-Alton IL1195150 Mississippi River Normal       8/1/2005 Ill. Am. -Alton yes no Current water levels are not a concern
Ill. Am. - E. St. Louis IL1635040 Mississippi River Normal       8/1/2005 Ill. Am. -E. St. Louis yes no Current water levels are not a concern
Ill. Am. - Granite City IL1195030 Mississippi River Normal       08/01/05 Ill. Am. -Granite City yes no Current water levels are not a concern
Kaskaskia WD IL1635110 Kaskaskia River Normal       8/1/2005 Kaskaskia WD yes no Current water levels are not a concern
Nashville IL1890300 Nashville Lake; Washington Co. State Lake; Kaskaskia River       6" down 8/1/2005 Nashville yes no Current water levels are not a concern
Patoka IL1210400 North Fork of the Kaskaskia Creek; East Impoundment Reservoir; West Impoundement Reservoir       West- 2' down;  East- full 8/1/2005 Patoka yes no Creek is nearly dry.  Can purchase water from FMC
Salem IL1210450 Salem reservoir; Carlyle Lake        Reservoir is down 20" 8/1/2005 Salem yes no Reservoir is down for riprapping.  Can fill from Carlyle Lake
Sparta IL1570600 Sparta reservoir; Kaskaskia River, Northwest Strip Pit     down 5' Reservoir is down 3' 8/2/2005 Sparta yes no Current water levels are not a concern
Vandalia IL0510350 Kaskaskia River; Vandalia Lake Normal     Lake down 2' 8/1/2005 Vandalia yes no Currently drawing from river
                       
                       


SPRINGFIELD (08/25/05)                    
SURFACE WATER RESERVOIRS                      
SYSTEM NAME SYSTEM ID WATER SOURCE(s) FULL POOL CAPACITY (days) LEVEL OF CONCERN CURRENT LEVEL DATE OF CL SYSTEM NAME DROUGHT PLAN PLAN IMPLEMENTED COMMENTS
La Harpe IL0670450 side channel reservoir, south branch of La Moine River, well #1 0 105 + GW not set down 8" 8/11/2005 La Harpe shut off farmers first no Creek is dry - are considering shutting off farmers from bulk sales next week if no rain this weekend.  60% water from reservoir and WTP #1, 40 % from well and WTP #2
Blandinsville IL1090100 side channel reservoir, LaHarpe Creek, new reservoir 0     0 7/26/2005 Blandinsville     Creek is low, but are still able to keep reservoir full - for now.
Macomb IL1090350 Spring Lake, east fork of La Moine River, 3 wells 0     down 6" 8/12/2005 Macomb yes no haven't pumped out of river since 1989; new RO plant for well #3 helping
Canton IL0570250 impoundment reservoir, 2 wells   263 + Wells 564.2 down 36" 8/15/2005 Canton yes no wells can pump into reservoir
Carthage IL0670250 impoundment reservoir, City of Hamilton   370 + Hamilton   down 3.5' 8/11/2005 Carthage   no Contract operator considering recommending voluntary conservation order to City Council.  Current water level is not a major concern.
Vermont IL0570950 impoundment reservoir   627 down 3-4' down 15" 8/15/2005 Vermont yes yes Vol. Water cons. has been requested.
Ashland IL0170100 two side channel reservoirs, Little Indian Creek 0 335   down 4' (new)   down 3.5' (old) 8/25/2005 Ashland no no Asked if can pump from old wells into reservoirs? (refer to Jerry Kuhn)
New Berlin IL1670800 side channel reservoir, Spring Creek 0     down 20" 8/15/2005 New Berlin yes yes Creek is low, but are able to pump intermittently.Vol. wtr consv. has been impl.
Springfield IL1671200 impoundment reservoir, south fork of Sangamon River 560     558.37' 8/15/2005 Springfield yes no can, but aren't currently, recycle ash pond decant back into the lake
Jacksonville IL1370200 wells, two impoundment reservoirs       Full (Lake Mauvaise Terre),  down 22" (Lake Jacksonville)  8/11/2005 Jacksonville     wells near Illinois River can meet demand.  Using about 10-15% lake water currently.
Pittsfield IL1490750 impoundment reservoir 596   591 down 1' 8/15/2005 Pittsfield no no Current water level not a concern.
Waverly IL1370450 impoundment reservoir 0 1158   down 1' 8/10/2005 Waverly   no Current water level not a concern.
Taylorville IL0210600 wells, impoundment reservoir 590     589.5 8/11/2005 Taylorville     Current water level not a concern.
Palmyra - Modesto IL1175150 impoundment reservoir 0   down 3' down 16" 8/12/2005 Palmyra - Modesto no no Current water level not a concern.  
Otter Lake WC IL1175200 impoundment reservoir 620?   down 4' down 18" 8/12/2005 Otter Lake WC no no  
Pana IL0210500 two impoundment reservoirs 0   down 3.5' down 1.53' 8/11/2005 Pana yes no Current water level not a concern.
Carlinville IL1170150 two impoundment reservoirs       down 1.5' 8/12/2005 Carlinville yes no Lake level not of concenn since dam was raised in early '80's
Litchfield IL1350400 two impoundment reservoirs       down 8" 08/12/05 Litchfield yes no  
Hillsboro IL1350300 two impoundment reservoirs     down 4.0' - 4.5' down 1.5' 8/12/2005 Hillsboro yes no Current water level not a concern.
Gillespie IL1170400 two impoundment reservoirs       down 18" 8/12/2005 Gillespie no no Have capacity to pump from old lake to new lake
Mt. Olive IL1170700 two impoundment reservoirs       down 15" (new) 8/12/2005 Mt. Olive no no Old lake is down apprx. 2'. Lake levels not of concern yet.
Staunton IL1171050 impoundment reservoir     down 4.5' down 2' 8/12/2005 Staunton yes no Lake levels in 2000 got as low as 4.0' below overflow


ELGIN (08/25/05)                    
SURFACE WATER                       
SYSTEM NAME SYSTEM ID WATER SOURCE(s) FULL POOL CAPACITY (days) LEVEL OF CONCERN CURRENT LEVEL DATE OF CL SYSTEM NAME DROUGHT PLAN PLAN IMPLEMENTED COMMENTS
Wilmington IL1971100 Kankakee River & Groundwater     Critical low flow rate has not been determined.   Current flow is 721 FT3/second, Approx 340 FT3/second recorded week of July 24 (lowest of seasnon) 8/25/2005 Wilmington   NO Water Use Restrictions. Groundwater source can yield between 600 and 800 gpm.  Well Capacities can meet normal demand.  Water use restriction would be required if surface source is unavailable, however Intake is located in a pit below the bottom of the river.  “Water available as long as the river is flowing.”
Aurora IL0894070 Fox River & Groundwater     Critical low flow rate on the Fox River has not been determined.   Aurora’s average daily demand can be met from well production alone. 8/25/2005 Aurora   Odd-even day lawn watering Minimum flow in the Fox River occurred in Late June/ Early July.   River withdraw is limited by 20 MGD intake pumps.  
Elgin IL0894380  Fox River & Groundwater     Critical low flow rate on the Fox River has not been determined.     8/25/2005 Elgin   No Water Restrictions. Has requested voluntary conservation measures  
Aqua Illinois - Kankakee  IL0915030 Kankakee River      Aqua Illinois has not established a “critical low flow” rate for the Kankakee River. Lowest flow this summer was 492 CFS.    8/25/2005 Kankakee   No Water Restrictions. Draws approx. 12 MGD from the Kankakee River (Watershed in Northern Indiana). Lowest Recorded flow of the Kankakee River= 453 CFS in 1988, measured at the Wilmington dam (downstream of Kankakee & Braidwood Nuclear, also withdraws from Kankakee River).   
                       
Note: Surface water flows are adequate at these supplies and increased groundwater withdrawal  is normal at this time of year.                        
Most water supplies not using Lake Michigan source water are operating under water use restrictions.                         
Joliet remains on a watering ban.                       


MARION (08/25/05)                    
SURFACE WATER RESERVOIRS                      
SYSTEM NAME SYSTEM ID WATER SOURCE(s) FULL POOL CAPACITY (days) LEVEL OF CONCERN CURRENT LEVEL DATE OF CL SYSTEM NAME DROUGHT PLAN PLAN IMPLEMENTED COMMENTS
Alto Pass WD IL1815050 Little Cedar Lake, Reservoir, Holding Pond 0 Est. 1000+400+5 None Down 6" 8/16/2005 Alto Pass WD None N/A No concerns with water sources.  System is in process of eliminating the surface plant and hooking to the Cobden GW facility.
Carbondale IL0770150 Cedar Lake, Carbondale City Reservoir 2,065, 145 Ac. 1688 + 68 None Normal  8/4/2005 Carbondale none N/A Plant is under normal operation with no concerns of drought issues.
Cairo - IAWC IL0035030 Ohio River 0 Unlimited None Normal  8/4/2005 Cairo - IAWC none N/A Plant is under normal operation with no concerns of drought.
Clay City IL0250050 Side Channel Reservoir, Little Wabash River 15 Acres, + Approx 365 + River  None Normal  8/4/2005 Clay City shut off farmers first No System is presently operating normally.  System is in process of hooking to EJ Water Corp and eliminating their surface plant.
Fairfield IL1910100 Side Channel Reservoir, Little Wabash River 19 Acres, + 96 + River None Normal  8/4/2005 Fairfield None N/A Plant is under normal operation with no concerns of drought conditions.  
Flora IL0250100 Little Wabash River 0 River None Normal  8/4/2005 Flora None N/A Plant is under normal operation.  Plant will be eliminated if and when the Gateway Water Treatment facility is constructed.
Kinkaid Area WS IL0775100 Kinkaid Lake 2,369 Acres 10,100 None Normal  8/4/2005 Kinkaid None N/A Plant is under normal operation with no concerns of drought conditions.
Lake of Egypt WD IL1995200 Lake of Egypt 2300 Acres ? Unlimited /Restricted Normal  8/4/2005 Lake of Egypt WD None N/A Plant is under normal operation(1.3 MGD).  Restriction of 1.0 MGD withdrawal from lake subject to damages to Power Coop Plant.  
Marion IL 1990550 Marion City Reservior, Herrin City Lake, Emerg. Connection 218 Acres 117 + 3 ft. below spillways Down 1.9', 1.35' 7/25/2005 Marion City Wide Conservation - turn on emergency connect. No No concerns at this time.  Lakes are at fuller levels than previous years at this time.
Olney IL1590200 E. Fork Lake, Vernor Lk, MD Borah Res., Fox River 930 Acres 1458, 90, 200, + None Normal  8/4/2005 Olney None N/A No concerns at this time with any of their sources.  East Fork Lake is the only source they presently draw from.
Pinckneyville IL1450150 Pinckneyville Reservoir 192 Acres 790 None Down 1.4' 8/15/2005 Pinckneyville None N/A No concerns at this time with their reservoir level.
Rend Lake ICWS IL0555100 Rend Lake 18,900 Acres 2,630 None Normal  8/4/2005 Rend Lake ICWS None N/A No concerns with their water source at this time.
Vienna IL0870350 Bloomfield Reservior, Side Channel 54, 8.2 Acres 434, 40 7ft. And 3 ft. Down 2.5', Pool 8/2/2005 Vienna None N/A No concerns with either water source at this time.  An emergency interconnect with Millstone WD exists.
Vienna Corr. Ctr. IL0875510 Vienna Correctional Center Reservoir 76 Acres 648 None Normal  8/4/2005 Vienna Corr. Center None N/A No concerns at this time with their reservoir level.
Wayne City IL1910450 Side Channel Reservoir, Skillet Fork River 14.3 Acres, + 136, + None Normal  8/4/2005 Wayne City None N/A No concerns at this time with their side channel and the Skillet Fork has plenty of flow in it.
                       
Note:  All surface water supplies have reservoir levels at or above normal for this time of year.                    
  No water use restrictions have been reported and precipitation levels within the region have been adequate.                    


ROCKFORD (8/25/2005)                    
SURFACE WATER RESERVOIRS                      
SYSTEM NAME SYSTEM ID WATER SOURCE(s) FULL POOL CAPACITY (days) LEVEL OF CONCERN CURRENT LEVEL DATE OF CL SYSTEM NAME DROUGHT PLAN PLAN IMPLEMENTED COMMENTS
East Moline IL1610250 Mississippi River         8/19/2005 East Moline yes no No quantity problems - just algae.   Appears to be routine summer algae treatment regime. 
Moline IL1610450 Mississippi River         8/19/2005 Moline yes no No quantity problems reported by Moline - just algae.   Appears to be routine summer algae treatment regime. 
Rock Island   IL1610650 Mississippi River         8/19/2005 Rock Island   yes no No quantity problems - just algae.  Appears to be routine summer algae treatment regime.  
Rock Island Arsenal IL1615387 Mississippi River         8/19/2005 Rock Island Arsenal yes no  
Streator IL0995030 Vermillion River and side reservoir 300MG 90 at 15 ft down from full down 3 ft 8/19/2005 IAWC-Streator yes no Installed 12" extention to riser at dam to increase river level above dam.


CHAMPAIGN (08/25/05)                  
SURFACE WATER RESERVOIRS                    
SYSTEM NAME SYSTEM ID WATER SOURCE(s) FULL POOL CAPACITY (days) LEVEL OF CONCERN CURRENT LEVEL DATE OF CL DROUGHT PLAN PLAN IMPLEMENTED COMMENTS
Altamont #0490050 Lake Altamont       down 39.5" 8/11/2005     adequate capacity remaining, past level reported to this office was down 50 inches
Bloomington #1130200 Lake Bloomington and Evergreen Lake 720 feet      down 5.6 ' (LB) down 1.9' (EL) 8/19/2005     source capacity not an issue at this time.  A restriction plan related to plant capacity is being reviewed
Decatur #1150150 Lake Decatur, supplemental sources if necessary       614 feet 8/10/2005     normal summer pool, no water being released from dam
Paris #0450300 Paris Twin Lakes, West and East       Down 1.5 " (W) Down 14" (E) 8/9/2005     At least normal summer pool
Effingham #0490250 Little Wabash River, Cips Lake (side channel), Lake Sara       Lake Sara down > approx. 2 ft 8/1/2005     routine use of water from Lake Sara for month of July.  Lake Sara has approximately a 4 BG volume
Charleston #0290100 Lake Charleston side channel reservoir >900 MG     6" below normal pool 8/1/2005     still pumping some water from Embarras River into reservoir
Mattoon #0290250 Lake Paradise and Lake Mattoon       Down 2.5' (LP) Down 1.5' (LM) 8/1/2005     Lake Mattoon has volume of about 3.4 billion gallons.
Neoga #0350150 Lake Mattoon       Down 1.5 feet 8/1/2005     see above
IAWC Pontiac #1055030 Vermilion River, side channel reservior         8/1/2005     using side channel exlusively due to algae problems in river, river flow is adequate, working on permit to apply copper sulfate at plant, side channel about half full
Aqua Illinois - Danville #1835120 Lake Vermilion         8/11/2005     full pool

 

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