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

Illinois Drought


System Information

System Description

Canton Lake provides water to the community. Two deep wells, which have had some radium contamination problems, can raise lake levels when necessary. Backup wells often supplement production from Canton Lake.

Satellite Communities and Water Districts

Cuba, Dunfermline - St. David, Fairview, Fayette, Norris, and Wee-Ma-Tuk WD
Locator map for Canton

Population Served:





Water Source
Name Type Stream DA (sq mi) SA (ac) Capacity Year Est. Est. 2010 Cap. (ac-ft)
Canton Lake IR W Br Copperas Cr 15 250 3020 1992 2815
Groundwater GW

1989 Study:

50-year drought yield insufficient at 1990 level of water use.

USGS Gages:

No data available

Developments since 1989:

The community is planning to begin using a radial collection well to pump water from the Illinois River in 2011. The community did not experience any supply problems during the 2005 drought, but customers complained about the taste and odor of the water.
Chart of Annual Raw Water Production (mgd)
Note: *Establishment of the Illinois River Correctional Center in 1989 raised Canton's water demand.

Notes and Terminology

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Champaign, IL 61820-7463
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