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

Illinois Drought


System Information

System Description

The city receives water from Lake Carlinville (Lake I) at 1200 gpm. Loveless Lake (Lake II) provides additional storage and can also supply the treatment plant directly if necessary. Loveless Lake is used to fill Lake Carlinville when its level falls 1-3 ft below normal pool elevation.

Satellite Communities and Water Districts

Central Macoupin County RWD and Lake Williamson
Locator map for Carlinville

Population Served:





Water Source
Name Type Stream DA (sq mi) SA (ac) Capacity Year Est. Est. 2010 Cap. (ac-ft)
Lake Carlinville IR Honey Cr 25.4 181 1467 2006 1434.9
Loveless Lake IR Honey Creek Trib 2.07 105 1765 1995 1744.3

1989 Study:

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

USGS Gages:

No data available

Developments since 1989:

Carlinville purchased Loveless Lake from a private owner in 1995 to serve as a backup source. Water was directly withdrawn from this secondary source during the 2005-06 drought.
Chart of Annual Raw Water Production (mgd)

Notes and Terminology

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2204 Griffith Dr., MC-674
Champaign, IL 61820-7463
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