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Sustainable water supply planning

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To the editor:

In 2005, Logan County withdrew 7 million gallons of water per day from the Mahomet Aquifer. More water will be needed in the future.

The Mahomet Aquifer is a precious water resource that Logan County shares with other counties. The aquifer is a thick layer of sand and gravel some 200 feet below the surface, filling an old bedrock valley extending from the Indiana border across to the Illinois River. Groundwater is stored under pressure in pore spaces between sand grains.

Near the center of pumping in Champaign County, elevations of water levels in wells have decreased by up to 100 feet since the 1930s.


In June, a Regional Water Supply Planning Committee issued a report that is a product of a three-year pilot study to implement an executive order issued by the governor. The pilot study was organized by the Mahomet Aquifer Consortium through a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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The Mahomet Aquifer Consortium is a grass-roots committee representing diverse interest groups in Logan County and 14 other counties. The report examines water demand and water supply information to 2050 and develops a regional plan with recommendations.

The Regional Water Supply Planning Committee calls for all communities and industries to share the management of water resources and protect the environment. I invite you to become a member of the Mahomet Aquifer Consortium and help shape your future.

Reports and contact information are available at http://www.rwspc.org/.

Susan J. Adams, Mahomet Aquifer Consortium member and vice chair of the Illinois Water Authority Association.

[Posted October 10, 2009]

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