Drought Vulnerability of Illinois' Community Surface Water Systems, Illinois State Water Survey

Illinois Drought


System Information

System Description

Water is transferred from two intakes on the Little Wabash River to a 2.45 mgd treatment plant via CIPS Lake. Direct lines connecting the Little Wabash River and Lake Sara to the plant are also available. A new transmission line allows water purchased from Holland Regional Water Supply, which draws from the Kaskaskia River, to be pumped to Lake Sara.

Satellite Communities and Water Districts

EJ Water Corp., Lake Sara Co-op, Heartville, Lincoln Prairie, Snake Trail WA, and Teutopolis
Locator map for Effingham

Population Served:





Little Wabash
Water Source
Name Type Stream DA (sq mi) SA (ac) Capacity Year Est. Est. 2010 Cap. (ac-ft)
Lake Sara IR Blue Point Cr 11.8 519 13808 1957 11533.4
Little Wabash River RW Little Wabash R 240
CIPS Lake OCR Little Wabash Trib 0.84 16.5 282.3 1934 294.5
Holland Regional SWP Kaskaskia R

1989 Study:

50-year drought yield sufficient at present level of water use.

USGS Gages:

Little Wabash River near Effingham (03378635)

Developments since 1989:

Effingham has an agreement to purchase up to 3 mgd from the Holland Regional Water Supply. In Decmbeer 2006, a pipeline from the regional supply to the city was completed.
Chart of Annual Raw Water Production (mgd)

Notes and Terminology

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Champaign, IL 61820-7463
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