Why is the Aquifer Important?

The Mahomet Aquifer is the primary source of drinking water for more than 500,000 people in 14 Illinois counties. The Aquifer provides an estimated 220 million gallons of water per day to communities, industry, agriculture, and rural wells in Illinois. Should the quality of aquifer's water be compromised and become unusable, the remaining surface water resources would not be able to meet the daily demands of our growing region.

Groundwater resources are interconnected and cross jurisdictional boundaries, such as counties and municipalities. So, it is essential we work together to promote informed policy decisions that address the aquifer's vulnerabilities. Should the Mahomet Aquifer be compromised, it would be catastrophic for every community across the region.