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

Illinois Drought

Wayne City

System Information

System Description

Water from the Little Wabash River's Skillet Fork is impounded behind a low channel dam and then pumped to an off-channel reservoir at up to 500 gpm before being directed to the 0.72 gpm treatment plant at the same rate. The reservoir is filled periodically and may not be filled for as long as two months when water quality is poor.

Satellite Communities and Water Districts

Sims and Western Wayne WD
Locator map for Wayne City

Population Served:





Little Wabash
Water Source
Name Type Stream DA (sq mi) SA (ac) Capacity Year Est. Est. 2010 Cap. (ac-ft)
Skillet Fork* RW Skillet Fk 464 17
Off-Channel Res. OCR 0 14.3 164.2 1983 164

1989 Study:

20-year drought yield insufficient at 1990 level of water use**

USGS Gages:

Skillet Fork Little Wabash at Wayne City (03380500)

Developments since 1989:

The creation of the Western Wayne RWD (~1,500 people served) boosted production.
Chart of Annual Raw Water Production (mgd)
Note: *A low channel dam on the river creates storage as noted in the table. **Reservoir size used in this study was just 34.7 ac-ft, resulting in a poor estimate of the system's drought vulnerability.

Notes and Terminology

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