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

Illinois Drought


System Information

System Description

An intake on the Little Wabash River can pump water to an off-channel reservoir or directly to the system's 2.1 mgd treatment plant.

Satellite Communities and Water Districts

Boyleston, Jasper, and New Hope
Locator map for Fairfield

Population Served:





Little Wabash
Water Source
Name Type Stream DA (sq mi) SA (ac) Capacity Year Est. Est. 2010 Cap. (ac-ft)
Little Wabash River RW Little Wabash R 1792
Off-Channel Res. OCR Little Wabash R 0 22 276 1989 276

1989 Study:

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

USGS Gages:

Little Wabash River below Clay City (03379500)

Developments since 1989:

A new off-channel reservoir is expected to be built within the next few years. It will receive water pumped through the first off-channel reservoir, but will likely not directly receive river water. There are plans for a new treatment plant with a capacity between 2.5 and 5 mgd. The current plant began operating in 1920.
Chart of Annual Raw Water Production (mgd)

Notes and Terminology

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Champaign, IL 61820-7463
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