Danville water supply still adequate despite drought

Danville water supply still adequate despite drought

DANVILLE — Unless it rains Tuesday, Danville will end the month with less than half an inch of rain, according to measurements taken at Aqua Illinois' water treatment facility on West Fairchild Street.

Bob Ervin, area manager for Aqua, said the water company is still not imposing any water use restrictions, but asks everyone to "be good stewards of this valuable resource."

In a recent news release, Ervin mentioned other lakes in Central Illinois, specifically Lake Springfield and Lake Decatur, that are more than two feet below their normal levels. However, Lake Vermilion is less than one foot below its normal operating level right now, according to Ervin. Late last summer, he said, Lake Vermilion was 1.5 feet below normal and the company still did not issue water use restrictions.

This month, Aqua's peak water use for one day was more than 10 million gallons, and the treatment capacity is 14 million gallons per day. Ervin said, Aqua is watching the water supply situation very closely as well as weather patterns. Even though the water treatment facility in Danville has measured just over three tenths of an inch of rainfall this month, there have been timely rains in the northern watershed area of the lake, resulting in good flows coming into the lake at times. This has allowed Aqua, he said, the opportunity to maintain the lake at a higher level while there has been a lower amount of rainfall in Danville.

Aqua provides water to residents in Danville, Tilton, Belgium, and the villages of Westville and Catlin. It also owns and operates water systems in Indianola and Philo.

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