Our water supply looks strong for the future.
Those who complain that bad news drowns out the good got a break recently when it was reported that concerns about Champaign-Urbana's future water supply are unfounded.
Champaign-Urbana is sitting pretty right in the midst of the Mahomet Aquifer, and that source of water is even better than previously thought.
A study prepared by the Illinois State Water Survey indicates that, at current use, there is more than enough water to meet local needs for the next 40 years.
The study indicated that the available water supply is "2.3 times greater than the projected (annual) baseline demand." Further, the aquifer recharges itself through groundwater at a faster rate than previously thought.
In other words, those who thought the water supply was good were insufficiently optimistic. Those worried that the aquifer was being drained by excessive consumption can relax.
But the news was not all good.
Communities like Decatur, Bloomington and Springfield are not as fortunate as Champaign-Urbana, even though their circumstances appear manageable absent some terrible drought.
A potential complication for the aquifer would be if one or all of those communities decided to tap in. That's the next issue hydrologists will examine.
The aquifer has long been considered a blessing to the East Central Illinois community. That it is even more of a blessing than previously realized is all the more reason to respect and protect it in a way that guarantees its availability for many decades to come.